NBC’s Andrea Mitchell made some bleak predictions for Cuba’s future following President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that, “Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.”
On the presidents’ chopping block are Obama-era policies intended to make travel and trade between America and Cuba easier. According to Mitchell, and the Cubans she spoke with, the new policy would hurt the people of Cuba, especially small-business owners and women.
“In a last minute appeal, Cuban officials are touting that they’ve made America safer from cyber attacks and drug traffickers,” Mitchell said.
According to Mitchell’s report, over the past 18 months “Cuba has handed over intelligence on at least 17 cyber crime cases tied to the U.S.” Mitchell warns that with a change in policy, that cooperation “is now at risk.” Mitchell didn’t back up her claim with any information from the U.S. government.
Mitchell’s report ignores the numerous human rights violations committed by Cuba’s communist government. Those violations are the reason that the Trump administration wants to limit funds that filter into Cuba’s military through the country’s resorts and hotels.
“We do not want U.S. dollars to prop up a military monopoly that exploits and abuses the citizens of Cuba,” said President Trump.
U.S. citizens funding the Cuban military through travel didn’t seem to bother Mitchell, who was more concerned about those small business owners and women, who, according to Mitchell, are “the very people President Trump says he wants to help.”
As Mitchell hit all the Cuban government talking points, she also managed to work Russia into the story. She reports that in the void left by the U.S.:
“Vladamir Putin is ready to step in. Russia recently forgiving billions in Cuban government debt and winning the bid to build Cuba’s new railroad. There’s even talk of reopening a Russian military base, only 90 miles from the U.S.”
The president says his policy change is meant to help the Cuban people. “With God’s help, a free Cuba is what we will soon achieve,” Trump said.
You can see Mitchell’s report below.
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