Trump went to Florida to get votes, not to face the epicenter of COVID-19 in his country

The obsession to destroy the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua and the one in Cuba was reflected, once again, on the agenda of President Donald Trump during his tour of the state of Florida, where he met with extremist groups opposed to the sovereignty of those countries.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez repudiated the magnate's statements about Cuba, and wrote on his Twitter account: "I reject mendacious statements by the President of the United States, poorly advised and attached to failed rhetoric," adding: "In his electoral opportunism, he does not explain how the elimination of travel and exchanges, the attack on Cuban families and the brutal tightening of the blockade help the Cuban people. "

At the headquarters of the Southern Command, located in the community of Doral, in a brief speech, he praised the military capacity of that base, mainly the Navy, the Air Force, the Coast Guard and the Marines, and mentioned its modernization for more than 2 , 5 trillion dollars.

He acknowledged that in the last three months, that army patrolled regional borders, from the Caribbean Sea to the eastern Pacific, using powerful weapons such as the Coast Guard, combat ships, helicopters and more than 1,300 troops, representing an increase of 65% in ships and a 75% increase in surveillance aircraft compared to last year.

He indicated that this increase for the modernization of the Southern Command was made at the cost of budget cuts in the public sectors: "We have the largest icebreaker in the world under construction at the moment, we are going to try to get ten additional icebreakers." He asserted that the budget for the military will not decrease.

In the Doral Jesus Worship church, in the community of the same name, the magnate-president emphasized his hatred against Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, without mentioning the epidemiological situation, which in that state has claimed the lives of more than 4,000 people, with an avalanche of positive cases of COVID-19.

Last Thursday, Florida reported 8,935 infections and 120 deaths, a record considered by Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease official in the US, according to the FiveThirtyEight website.

In the meeting with representatives of the anti-Cuban and anti-Venezuelan mafia groups, he acknowledged the intensification of the coercive measures, which have not given him the expected result. As it was an electoral visit, he again criticized his predecessor Barack Obama for his policy towards the Greater Antilles.

Only with Cuba, the blockade was tightened with the imposition of more than 80 economic measures, which directly affect the people.

Facing the polls, Trump extended a thank you to Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart, as a way to count on his support and that of the community that manages money from Florida taxpayers. To do this, he held a private fundraising meeting in Broward, a neighboring county to Miami-Dade.

He also spoke about relations with China, which he described as severely damaged, holding the Asian giant responsible for the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. On this issue, he assured that he does not foresee a phase two of the trade agreement with that country in the short term.

Trump's agenda in South Florida, epicenter of the pandemic in that state, had to be completed with an open-air rally in the town of Portsmouth, but was postponed due to the rains associated with tropical storm Fay.

His opponent, Democrat Joe Biden, described this tour as an entertainment for the president in the face of the scourge of the epidemic that the country is experiencing and his desire to be elected in November: "He will use this trip as a photographic opportunity and as a distraction from his failures", He specified, and marked the interest of Trump to take the reins of public opinion in his favor, before the fall of his popularity.

Today Biden is more than eight percentage points ahead of Trump for the November election elections (according to Real Clear Politics polls) and that difference could increase if the presidential strategy maintains its commitment to economic openness, which results in a greater number of infections and deaths from the new coronavirus.

The United States is the country most affected by this disease, with more than 3.1 million confirmed infections and more than 130,000 deaths, with an oversaturation of health services, a shortage of medical supplies and exhaustion of human resources to attend the illness.

Since the plane's landing in Miami, he was seen without a face mask, flaunting a reopening of the US economy and downplaying the advance of the pandemic. However, he was careful to keep his distance when greeting the people he met.

The US president has no receptive ears to the request of Cubans residing in his country, who in various protests have advocated for freedom of travel, family reunification, the free delivery of remittances and speed in consular procedures. These have been hampered by the expulsion of diplomatic personnel from the headquarters in Washington under crude pretexts.

If even one of those issues they claim was resolved, perhaps it would have been a timely visit at least for them.

Ultimately, Trump is not interested in Florida, but his votes; He went there for that, not to worry about the state of the Union that suffers the most from COVID-19, in the face of the indifference of the man he chose to guarantee him the much vaunted human rights that he claims to defend.