Marco Rubio previews coming Donald Trump change in Cuba policy
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 11:42
Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro at an exposition game between the Cuban national baseball team and Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Devil Rays at the Estado Latinoamericano March 22, 2016 in Havana, Cuba.
Making good on promises to crack down on Cuba, President Donald Trump is expected to announce changes to existing US policy during a trip to Miami on Friday - rolling back numerous steps taken by former President Barack Obama's administration.
Godinez is a professor in the department of theatre at Northwestern and the resident artistic associate at the Goodman Theatre, where he is the director of the Latino Theatre Festival.
However, Trump will stop short of closing embassies or breaking diplomatic relations restored in 2015 after more than five decades of hostility and will not cut off recently resumed direct U.S. -Cuba commercial flights - though his more restrictive policy seems certain to dampen new economic ties.
Senior White House officials who briefed reporters on the announcement say Obama's overtures had enriched Cuba's military while repression increased on the island.
It also indicates that the new administration will not reinstate the wet foot, dry foot policy, which allowed Cuban immigrants who reached American soil to remain in the country. Rubio's point was that the Cuba regime needed to be overthrown before the US even offered them anything saying that they had not paid the price for their treatment of Cubans. He's expected to unveil his policy in a speech Friday in Miami. Nor will Cuban-Americans' ability to make unlimited family visits and remittances to Cuba be affected.
Trump believes many of Obama's efforts undermine USA and Cuban economic interests, as well as national security.
Trump is scheduled announce the new Cuba policies at 1 p.m at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had been one of these lawmakers who met with President Trump in the Oval Office in early May to drive his crackdown on #Cuba. We want to empower and we want to strengthen the Cuban people without strengthening the Cuban military, which controls a significant percentage of their economy.
"My administration's policy will be guided by key USA national security interests and solidarity with the Cuban people", the draft of the five-point, eight-page Presidential Policy Directive reads, Politico reported.
For one, there continues to be overwhelming support among American voters for the U.S. opening with Cuba, which has yielded a significant amount of economic activity both on the island and in the United States.
Trump aides said Thursday that Rubio was "very helpful" to the administration as it spent months reviewing the policy.
The son of a Cuban immigrant, Rubio opposed Obama's re-engagement with Cuba, saying Obama was making concessions to an "odious regime".
Among the conditions that would have to be met in order to further Trump administration negotiations are the holding of free and fair elections, as well as the freeing of political prisoners in Cuba, the administration officials said.