On June 12, the Biden Administration finally admitted that Cuba hosts a Chinese spy base but immediately followed the remark up by pointing the finger at President Trump.
Initially, both the Pentagon and White House denied the existence of a recently built spy base in neighboring Cuba but are now backtracking and admitting that the CCP-led nation has built a spy base in America’s back yard, according to Epoch Times.
John Kirby, Spokesman for the National Security Council, commented on the situation, saying they are taking the threat seriously,
“We’re not going to be able to get into too much detail about our own counterintelligence efforts,” Kirby continued, “As we’ve communicated over the weekend, this is not a new development that China’s been trying to achieve some intelligence gathering capabilities in Cuba and, frankly, elsewhere in the hemisphere, and that from day one, when we came in, we took this issue seriously.”
Rep Gimenez said the Biden administration had issued conflicting data on the Chinese spy base, calling the base a threat Americans should be aware of,
“The Biden Admin has continued to issue conflicting statements. This is a serious national security issue, and the American people deserve to know the truth.”
The Biden Admin has continued to issue conflicting statements.
This is a serious national security issue & the American people deserve to know the truth.
— Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez (@RepCarlos) June 12, 2023
But Kirby attempted to spin the inaccuracy claiming the administration was as “forthcoming as we should have been.”
John Kirby's new spin on the China spy base in Cuba after being caught lying to the American people:
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) June 12, 2023
Secretary of State Antony Blinken insinuated that the issue dated back to 2019 and went unsolved by President Trump’s administration, so Biden had to pick up the slack. He said Biden would be addressing the challenge through a more direct approach but failed to clarify what actions were intended. Blinken said,
“It was our assessment that despite awareness of the basing efforts and some attempts to address the challenge in the past administration, we weren’t making enough progress on this issue, and we needed a more direct approach,” Blinken said.
“And that’s exactly what President Biden instructed his team to do to address the challenge.”
Trump’s Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, denied allegations that the spy base was built in Cuba during the Trump administration. He pointed out that the Biden administration has a habit of denying the facts and then blaming the Trump administration when the truth comes out,
“It’s just absurd, and, just like with the spy balloon situation, you’ll see Trump administration officials coming out and saying, ‘It’s simply not true.’ The strategy for the Biden administration is to deny it until we can’t deny it anymore, then find a way to blame the Trump administration for it.”