“I’ve been thinking a lot about how we’re seeing the US as the ultimate villain in the world right now,” says Jeffrey Epstein, the man who was convicted of soliciting underage girls for sex in Florida.
“There’s a lot of people who don’t think about what’s happening in the US and that’s a shame.”
Epstein was one of many people in the early 1990s who saw what the US had done to Cuba, and he was also one of those who felt like the US should have taken a more active role in bringing about change there.
“I’m not a big fan of the Cuban government,” he says.
“But they had a very good economic program.
They had a vibrant economy, and they had human rights issues that were very much of concern to me.”
Epstein says he was initially attracted to the US because of the freedoms it offered.
“If you could do anything that was right, you’d be in a better place,” he said.
“The US had been a very free country.
There was a lot to learn from them.”
Epstein is not alone in thinking that the current US policies towards Cuba are the product of its failure to confront the country’s problems head-on.
“It’s one of the few countries where you could say, ‘Hey, you know, we don’t have the same issues that the rest of the world does,'” says Mark Rech, the executive director of the Center for Cuban Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
“You know, people say, it’s too hard to get into Cuba, but they have a lot more freedom there than in the West.”
Epstein’s son has become a key figure in US efforts to improve relations with Cuba, becoming a senior adviser to President Trump’s administration. “
And that’s the bigger issue.”
Epstein’s son has become a key figure in US efforts to improve relations with Cuba, becoming a senior adviser to President Trump’s administration.
Epstein’s grandson, Jeffrey Epstein Jr., is also a top aide to Trump, serving as his senior adviser on Cuba policy.
The elder Epstein says it was “pretty clear” from the beginning that the Trump administration would not tolerate interference in Cuba’s internal affairs, and that he was determined to help the administration make progress.
But he acknowledges that his father’s legacy is not the result of US foreign policy.
“My father had a vision of Cuba and of the United States, and I think he saw it in a different way,” says Epstein.
“He understood the importance of America’s role in the Cuban community and in the global community.
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In a lot, if not all, ways, I’m glad that he got out of the country, because I think I could have done a lot with the information that he had, if I’d stayed.”
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