Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis ripped President Biden Wednesday over his administration’s decision to remove a known Marxist-Leninist militant group from the United State’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations while going on to warn that it will embolden other such groups in the region.
In a statement issued by DeSantis’ office, the governor called the move a “reckless decision to remove the radically communist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from the United States list of foreign terrorist organizations.”
He added that the group “perpetuated countless murders, bombings, assassinations, kidnapping and attacks under the guise of ‘redistributing wealth.’”
“President Biden’s decision to remove the FARC from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations will embolden terrorist groups throughout Latin America, empower narco-traffickers and pave the way for Castro-chavismo in Colombia,” DeSantis noted.
“Biden’s policy is an insult to members of the Colombian American community, many of whom fled that terrorist group’s barbaric attacks on civilians,” he added.
“This is a serious mistake by the Biden administration and will hurt Floridians. With this in mind, my office will ascertain what policy measures our state can take to protect our residents from a resurgent FARC and other terrorist Marxist groups,” he continued.
“My administration stands squarely on the side of the millions of Floridians who want democracy, peace and freedom to endure in Colombia and against Joe Biden’s Castrochavista allies,” said the governor.
Also, Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez slammed the decision, saying that there was “no such thing as a peace deal when you negotiate with terrorists.”
“Removing the FARC from the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations not only undermines America’s interests and allies in the region but appeases despots like Maduro and Diaz-Canel,” she added.
In an exclusive this week, The Wall Street Journal reported:
The officials said the move could come no later than Nov. 30, coinciding with the five-year anniversary of the historic peace accord between then-President Juan Manuel Santos and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. Negotiated with U.S. support, the agreement ended a 52-year-conflict and resulted in Mr. Santos winning the Nobel Peace Prize. …
Colombian officials who spent four years negotiating with the FARC had been quietly pressing U.S. officials to drop the terrorist designation against the group. By doing that, the U.S. recognizes the steps rebels took to transform their group into a political party, now called the Common People party, officials said.
Some former U.S. diplomats also blasted the decision.
“As if taking off the Houthis in Yemen from the list of terrorist organizations wasn’t bad enough already,” said retired U.S. diplomat Alberto Miguel Fernandez. “The Biden Administration now rewarding the narco-leftist FARC in Colombia.”