Before year’s end, the U.S. will likely return Cuba to the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. Since its undue removal from the list by the Obama administration, the socialist Cuban dictatorship has continued supporting and harboring international terrorists while installing a socialist, narco-terrorist regime in Venezuela.
The United States is considering returning Cuba to its list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters on Thursday, a move that would mark another major blow to increasingly tense relations between Washington and Havana.
There is a “convincing case” that Cuba should be placed back on the U.S. blacklist, in part because of its continued backing for socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the refuge it gives to leaders of Colombia’s ELN rebel group, the official said.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official did not rule out that a decision on Cuba’s re-listing could come by the end of the year.
In what was possibly a preliminary step, the Trump administration said on Wednesday it had put the Communist-ruled island back on a separate list of countries that do not cooperate fully with its efforts to counter terrorism.
The Cuban regime should have never been taken off the list, but their removal was one of the Castro dictatorship’s many demands the Obama administration was all too willing to unilaterally grant for nothing in return.