President Trump to “Shred” Hussein Obama’s Cuba Policy
US President Donald Trump plans to announce the end of Barack Hussein Obama’s Cuba policy.
LTN learned of the plans Sunday, the information was confirmed by the nonpartisan US-Cuba Trade and Economic Council.
The Trump Administration has been ‘ready’ since February 2017 to announce changes, but issues unrelated to Cuba have intervened, President plans to make the announcement in a speech in June in Miami.
The change is the result of work by Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-FL), Sen. Bob Menendez, (D-NJ)., and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, (R-FL).
The White House would not comment.
The Hussein Obama Admin in December 2014 re-established diplomatic ties with Cuba and eased some restrictions on travel and business, though Congress has resisted efforts to fully reverse the economic embargo in place since Y 1960 that restricts most travel and trade.
In his final days in office this past January, President Barack Hussein Obama announced a reversal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that allowed Cubans fleeing the communist Castro regime to stay in the United States if they can make it past Coast Guard patrols and reach American soil.
Sen. Menendez protested the policy, saying at the time, “We should never deny a Cuban refugee fleeing a brutal regime entry into the United States. The Obama administration seeks to pursue engagement with the Castro regime at the cost of ignoring the present state of torture and oppression, and its systematic curtailment of freedom.”
Now expect the Trump White House will put into place “increased enforcement relating to travel,” as well as “a focus upon discouraging transactions with entities controlled by the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) of the Republic of Cuba.”
That would affect Starwood Hotels & Resorts International because it has a hotel being managed by a company controlled by the FAR.
Sen. Rubio and Rep. Diaz-Balart have expressed confidence in recent days that President Trump would reverse Mr. Hussein Obama’s policies, with Mr. Diaz-Balart telling National Journal last week he is “1,000% sure the President is going to deliver on his commitment. . . . I have no doubt that you’re going to see in short order a different policy.”
Sen. Rubio’s office offered no comment, but he Tweeted in March he is “quite confident” President Trump will “treat Cuba like a dictatorship.”
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