Historic Obama/Castro Presser Gets Awkward When CNN Reporter Asks About ‘Political Prisoners’
President Barack Obama threw the first question of his historic presser with Cuban President Raúl Castro to CNN’s Jim Acosta, who asked about political prisoners in Cuba.
Posing his remarks in both Spanish and English, Acosta said, “My father is Cuban. He left for the United States when he was very young. This is a new democratic direction for your country. Please sir, why do you have Cuban political prisoners? And why don’t you release them?”
After President Obama answered the question posed to him, Castro addressed Acosta’s claims (at about the 7:10 mark above).
“You talked about political prisoners,” Castro said. “What did you say about political prisoners? Can you repeat that question about political prisoners? Did you ask if we had political prisoners? Did you ask if we had political prisoners? Give me a list of the political prisoners and I will release them immediately. Just mention the list. What political prisoners? Give me a name — or names. Or, when after this meeting is over, you can give me a list of political prisoners. And if we have those political prisoners, they will be released before tonight ends.”
While denying that there were any political prisoners, when the subject of human rights arose, Castro was eager to highlight Cuba’s emphasis on the rights to education, healthcare, and equal pay for women.
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