Trump admin expected to appoint strong opponent of Cuba’s dictatorship to National Security Council

Mauricio Claver-Carone

Mauricio Claver-Carone is expected to be named as the new director of Western Hemisphere Affairs for the National Security Council by the Trump administration. Claver-Carone is a Cuban American who is an outspoken opponent of Cuba’s murderous dictatorship and its nefarious influence throughout Latin America. He is also a very vocal critic of Obama’s policy of appeasement and surrender to Cuba’s apartheid Castro regime. Claver-Carone has meticulously dissected the failed policy and exposed the folly of Obama’s foreign policy team who believed surrendering to an evil dictatorship would convince it to destroy itself.

But above all, Claver-Carone has been a tireless and ardent advocate for freedom and democracy. He has worked relentlessly to defend human rights and give a voice to those silenced by tyranny. He has fought against despots and supported the oppressed.

Mauricio Claver-Carone is a true American patriot who advocates for liberty and supports human rights in Cuba and anywhere else there is oppression, which according to The Miami Herald, makes him a “hardliner”:

Cuba hardliner elevated to key security counsel post

The Trump administration is expected to name Mauricio Claver-Carone, one of the most outspoken opponents of the Obama administration’s rapprochement with Cuba, as the new senior director of the National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere Affairs, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the decision.

Claver-Carone will take over the influential White House department for Juan Cruz, who led the department since the early months of the Trump administration and was a key architect of Trump’s policies to pressure the Venezuelan government.

The Miami native, raised in Spain and Orlando, will take over the coordination of Latin American policies among the White House, State Department, Treasury and other agencies.

He is expected to turn up the pressure even more on Venezuela as well as Cuba and Nicaragua, which have become a primary focus of the Trump administration policies on fighting for democracy in the region. He is part of a group of new hires at the National Security Council after John Bolton took over the department.

“If anyone can jump-start a more rigorous, purposeful policy, it’s Mauricio,” said Ambassador Roger Noriega, who served as assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs under George W. Bush. “He has the political smarts. He has his own political credibility. He has the confidence of the administration. He has his head screwed on right as to the root of important problems in this hemisphere.”

Noriega said Claver-Carone also has the experience working in the Trump bureaucracy since the beginning of the administration and understands how to get policies to move.

The former Treasury department official and current U.S. executive director at the International Monetary Fund is also expected to bring over aspects of his policy work at Treasury, where he pushed economic partnerships with regional allies, energy infrastructure assistance and U.S. investment in the region.

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2 thoughts on “Trump admin expected to appoint strong opponent of Cuba’s dictatorship to National Security Council”

  1. For those who can’t hear dogwhistles, “hardliner” means “reactionary troglodyte,” as in “those people.” It may even be worse than “deplorable.”

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