Cuban president urges country's 'revolutionary' citizens to counter protesters

President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who also heads the Communist Party, addressed the country and blamed the U.S. for stoking the anger, according to the Washington Post.

“We are prepared to do anything,” he said. “We will be battling in the streets.”

Cuba is going through its worst economic crisis in decades, along with a resurgence of coronavirus cases, as it suffers the consequences of U.S. sanctions imposed by the Trump administration.

Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser, took to Twitter to say the “U.S. supports freedom of expression and assembly across Cuba, and would strongly condemn any violence or targeting of peaceful protesters who are exercising their universal rights.”

Many of the protesters in the town of San Antonio de los Banos were young and hurled insults at Diaz-Canel. They shouted that they are “not afraid.” CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

In other developments:
– NY Times ripped for equating ‘freedom’ as ‘anti-government slogan’
– Sen. Cruz says US stands behind Cuban protesters, regime consigned to ‘dustbin of history’
– Watch: American flags fly high in opposition of Cuba’s communist government
– State Department tweet tying COVID-19 to Cuban protests is criticized
– Bernie Sanders silent on Cuban pro-freedom uprisings after praising Fidel Castro’s communist policies
– ‘WMAG’: Miami mayor explains how Cuban refugees settling in South Florida made America great

Trump easily wins CPAC 2024 GOP presidential nomination straw poll
Former President Donald Trump easily won the 2024 GOP presidential nomination poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gathering this weekend in Texas.

Trump, who’s repeatedly flirted with making another presidential run in 2024 to try and return to the White House, captured 70% of ballots cast in the anonymous straw poll, according to results announced by CPAC on Sunday afternoon.

That’s a boost from the 55% support he won in the hypothetical 2024 Republican primary matchup straw poll at CPAC Orlando in late February.

“I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your incredible support,” Trump said as he gave the Dallas event’s keynote address minutes later.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in a distant second, at 21%. No one else among the 19 potential 2024 Republican White House contenders topped 1%. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
– CPAC attendees weigh in: What should parents do about CRT in schools?
– Trump slams Democrats over calls to pack the Supreme Court, alleges intimidation
– Rep. Jody Hice slams Dems for pushing All-Star Game out of Georgia, defends decision to primary Raffensperger
– Noem, at CPAC, argues country needs to ‘fix damage’ Biden is doing

Billionaires descend on Sun Valley in private jets to talk about climate change
A cabal of some of the most high-profile people in media, finance, and technology descended on Idaho’s resort town of Sun Valley in private jets this week to tackle, among other things, climate change. 

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