“Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.” (President Donald Trump, June 16, 2017, Miami, Fl.)
In fact, where it not for the fallout from the “sonic-attacks” (travel-warning, recall of U.S. diplomatic staff) Trump’s Cuba policy would not be dramatically different from Obama’s. As we recently reported, U.S.-based cruise lines–owing to burgeoning demand and lack of legal impediments–are actually INCREASING their number of cruises to Cuba.
In fact, Castro’s propaganda agency Prensa Latina was also allowed to open a propaganda bureau in our nation’s capitol!
And– absolutely CRAZY but true–the Trump administration has continued all the Obama-initiated U.S.-Cuba “talks” and “cooperation” on (Castroite specialties) like drug-trafficking and money-laundering. Outrageously enough, one such “talk” was held in our nation’s capitol only a couple of weeks ago!
Point is: regarding Trumps’ Cuba policy announcement last summer—and in sharp contrast to policy recommendations by Jerry Lee Lewis– “A Whole-Lotta FOOT-DRAGGING Was Going On!”
Was Sec. of State Rex Tillerson, who Trump complained was “totally establishment” in his foreign policy views, partly to blame for the lethargy ?…Well, check this out:
“The general approach (of the Trump administration) if I can say that, is to allow as much of this (Obama’s) continued commercial and engagement activity (with Cuba) to go on as possible because we do see the sunny side, as I described it. We do see the benefits of that to the Cuban people.”(Sec. of State Rex Tillerson, Jun. 17, 2017.)
Hummmmmm?….Now check this out:
“Multiple sources tell FP (Foreign Policy magazine) the (Trump) administration conducted an intensive interagency (State Dept.) review process on a new Cuba policy that Trump ultimately spurned. In early May, the review was sent to Trump recommending he keep in place Obama’s drive to normalize relations with Cuba. He nixed that idea after promising on the campaign trail to cater a new policy to Cuban-American hardliners.
From there, two lawmakers — and NOT the State Department — got in the driver’s seat with Trump, sources tell Foreign Policy. Cuba hardliners Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-Fla.) were the dominating force behind administration’s new changes, overriding Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.”
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