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Bombing Cuba an Option That 'Needs to Be Discussed,' Says Miami Mayor

Newsweek logo Newsweek 7/13/2021 Daniel Villarreal
a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has suggested bombing Cuba as one way the U.S. can respond to anti-government protests in the country. In this photo, Suarez visits a memorial that has pictures of some of the missing from the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building on July 02, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. © Michael Reaves/Getty Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has suggested bombing Cuba as one way the U.S. can respond to anti-government protests in the country. In this photo, Suarez visits a memorial that has pictures of some of the missing from the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building on July 02, 2021 in Surfside, Florida.

Miami mayor Francis Suarez said the U.S. should consider bombing Cuba as part of its response to recent citizen uprisings against the country's government.

In a Tuesday interview with Fox News, Suarez noted a brief history of U.S. involvement in overturning foreign leaders. His history mentioned the U.S. airstrikes in Kosovo during its 1999 humanitarian crisis.

"Are you suggesting airstrikes in Cuba?" Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum asked Suarez.

"What I'm suggesting is that option is one that has to be explored and cannot be just simply discarded as an option that is not on the table," Suarez answered. "And there's a variety of ways the military can do it. But that's something that needs to be discussed and needs to looked as a potential option in addition to a variety of other options that can be discussed."

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Thousands of Cubans are protesting their government as the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to food shortages and the worst economic crisis the country has had in 30 years.

The Cuban government has blamed U.S. sanctions for its food shortages. However, the problem has been worsened by the lack of tourism during the pandemic as well as by government economic policy, according to The Economist.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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