President Trump Announces Changes In Cuba Policies

President Trump Announces Changes In Cuba Policies

Remember how former President Obama traveled to Cuba and chilled with the Castros and went to a baseball game and did the wave with Raul and posed in front of a Che Guevara mural? You know. As political prisoners rotted in jail? Good times.

President Trump’s not into that. He wants to change the tone the Obama administration tried to set. He has new Cuba policies in mind– policies which will further restrict travel and affect U.S. business dealings with the oppressive regime. There’s absolutely no reason for us to help empower the Cuban government, period.

The president is expected to emphasize that a ban on American tourism to Cuba remains in effect and announce that his administration will “strictly [enforce] the 12 authorized categories for U.S. citizens to travel to the island.” Those categories include family visits, official government business, education and religious activities, health clinics, and “support for the Cuban people.”

 

 

The new commerce restrictions will focus on dealings with businesses owned by the Cuban military’s holding company, known as GAESA. The policy calls on Americans traveling to Cuba to use “private businesses and services provided by the Cuban people, rather than businesses and services provided by … GAESA.”

 

The memo outlining the new policy does not say whether Trump will close any embassies or break off diplomatic relations, which were restored by the Obama administration in 2015.

His reasons? It should be pretty self-explanatory. Cuba is oppressive and guilty of a host of human rights violations. Trump even warned this was coming in a tweet back in November.

“If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal,” Trump tweeted.

Looks like he’s making good on that promise. The White House just released a fact sheet on the changes.

Sen. Marco Rubio is in Miami with Trump, and he completely supports these changes.

Rubio briefly spoke–

And VP Mike Pence spoke…

“America stands with the persecuted, the oppressed, and the exploited in Cuba.”

…and introduced Trump.

Trump expressed his gratitude to be in Miami…

…mentioned Rep. Scalise…

…and gave a shoutout to his “friend,” Sen. Rubio. (Seems like just yesterday he was “Little Marco. Oh, how time flies.)

Trump ultimately emphasized that we want a free Cuba.

“With God’s help, a free Cuba is what we will soon achieve,” Trump said.

“We will not be silent in the face of Communist oppression any longer.”

We should all be on board with that.

Cuba is a communist hellhole. I have no problem with POTUS standing up to this dictatorial regime.

“Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” Trump said.

“To the Cuban government, I say: Put an end to the abuse of dissidents. Release the political prisoners. Stop jailing innocent people,” Trump said.

FINALLY. Someone with a backbone.

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