Thanks to bipartisan efforts of three senators, President Trump is expected to roll back a set of policies former President Obama established that softened relations with Cuba.
The Daily Caller announced Monday that behind-the-scenes efforts of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) are responsible for pushing Trump to address the issue.
Obama had loosened restrictions on travel and doing business in Cuba, re-established diplomatic relations, and ended the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that gave illegal alien Cubans a pathway to legal status in the U.S.
The Trump administration had reportedly launched a full review of the policies on Cuba, and John Kavulich, of the nonpartisan U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council said Sunday, “The Trump administration has been ready since February 2017 to announce changes, but issues unrelated to Cuba have intervened.”
Rubio and Diaz-Balart have encouraged Trump to bring back the hardline policies against Cuba.
In March,the Miami Herald reported that Rubio had stated, “I am confident that President Trump will treat Cuba like the dictatorship it is and that our policy going forward will reflect the fact that it is not in the national interest of the United States for us to be doing business with the Cuban military.”
President Trump is expected to make an announcement to changes in Cuban policy in a speech in Miami in June.
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