Trump Honors Bay of Pigs Veterans

By Faye Higbee

The Bay of Pigs Veterans, 1,400 Cuban exiles (also known as Brigade 2506) landed in Cuba on April 17, 1961. Their plan was to depose Fidel Castro, who had come to power in 1959 and began a reign of terror across the island nation. They believed that members of Castro’s military and the locals would likely follow them. A series of disasters brought only failure.

Though the landing was to be kept secret, it turned out to be common knowledge, and Castro learned of it in October 1960. By the time of the landing, his forces were ready.

After the Inauguration of John F. Kenedy, he approved the landing operation. Unfortunately, in his penchant to protect the world from knowing it was the U.S., he made the landing site in a swampy area about 80 miles away from cover.

JFK In History wrote:

“The first mishap occurred on April 15, 1961, when eight bombers left Nicaragua to bomb Cuban airfields. 

President Kennedy addresses the 2506 Cuban Invasion Brigade, 29 December 1962

The CIA had used obsolete World War II B-26 bombers, and painted them to look like Cuban air force planes. The bombers missed many of their targets and left most of Castro’s air force intact. As news broke of the attack, photos of the repainted U.S. planes became public and revealed American support for the invasion. President Kennedy cancelled a second air strike.

On April 17, the Cuban-exile invasion force, known as Brigade 2506, landed at beaches along the Bay of Pigs and immediately came under heavy fire. Cuban planes strafed the invaders, sank two escort ships, and destroyed half of the exile’s air support. Bad weather hampered the ground force, which had to work with soggy equipment and insufficient ammunition.”

Against 20,000 Castro soldiers, Brigade 2506 didn’t have much chance, and were captured and held for 20 months. Negotiations finally got them released. In 2016, they endorsed Donald Trump, and in 2020 they did the same. So he  brought 20 of them to the White House on 9-23-2020 to say thank you.

“We will honor your courage with my administration’s determination to defeat communism and socialism.  And we will do that in our country too.  We’re in the process of doing it right now — and it has stepped, in my opinion, beyond the word “socialism” — and we are meeting it with great force.

My administration stands with every citizen of Cuba and Nicaragua and Venezuela in their fight for liberty.  And we work for the day when this will become a fully free hemisphere.  And it will be, for the first time in human history, a fully free hemisphere.  And we will have it.  We will have it.  And it’s going to happen.  It’s going to happen sooner rather than later.  A lot of things are going on.  A lot of things are going on right now that I can’t tell you about, but I will be soon.

The Obama-Biden administration made a weak, pathetic, one-sided deal with the Castro dictatorship that betrayed the Cuban people and enriched the communist regime.  I cancelled the Obama-Biden sellout to the Castro regime.  (Applause.)

We will not lift sanctions until all political prisoners are freed, freedoms of assembly and expression are respected, all political parties are legalized, and free elections are scheduled.  They will have to go through a lot, but things are happening, and it’s very interesting to see the level at which they’re happening.

Earlier this year, we also demanded the release of human rights activist, José Daniel Ferrer.  (Applause.)

Today, as part of our continuing fight against communist oppression, I am announcing that the Treasury Department will prohibit U.S. travelers from staying at properties owned by the Cuban government.  (Applause.)  We’re also further restricting the importation of Cuban alcohol and Cuban tobacco.

These actions will ensure that U.S. dollars do not fund the Cuban regime and go directly to the Cuban people.  Big difference.  Big difference, really.

We’re also imposing strict sanctions on the dictatorships of Nicaragua and Venezuela.  We brought criminal charges against Maduro for his narco-terrorism.” White House transcript excerpt

Communism must be soundly and fully defeated. President Trump is on task to make it happen.

Featured photo: Official White House photo via Twitter

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