Cuban demonstrators took to the streets to protest the communist government, high food prices and food shortages in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic . Officials in Haiti are asking the U.S. for assistance in a political crisis following last week's assassination attempt on President Jovenel Moise. This is a country where U.S. presidents Woodrow Wilson and Barack Obama have made it difficult to provide humanitarian aid or military intervention.
Republican lawmakers are putting pressure on Biden to support Cuban protestors more. His aides responded with cautious caution to American requests for greater involvement in Haiti.
Both sides of the political spectrum have criticized the administration's responses to the crises. Each crisis was less than two hours away from Miami. Due to the U.S. history of both countries, it has made policy decisions politically difficult for presidents trying to maintain a middle line.
Background: In electorally wealthy Florida, how the Biden administration manages crises is a major concern.
Biden lost state to Donald Trump in 2020. Republicans improved their performance while courting the state’s large Cuban American population.
"The caution Biden is displaying reflects the poor showings in 2020 and a desire to not repeat them," MacManus said, adding that Haitian Americans are becoming an increasing political force in South Florida. "Democrats have learned that the country of origin is more important than historical voting affiliation in Florida in 2020, and Trump's attack on socialism was a powerful message."
Biden administration officials responded with caution as the situation in Haiti and Cuba unfolds.
On Sunday, representatives from the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security were sent by the White House to meet with Haiti's interim Prime Minster Claude Joseph. They were designated Prime Minister Ariel Henry, and Joseph Lambert, who was the head of the dismantled Senate. Joseph has been challenged by supporters to name him provisional president.