On the revised Cuba policy unveiled by President Trump Friday in Miami: I watched the entire event on live TV.
In addition to many Cuban-American leaders, Vice President Pence, Senator Rubio, Congressman Díaz-Balart and Governor Scott, there were several dissidents and ex-political prisoners in attendance. The President also mentioned the name of two dissidents who were banned by the Castro Regime from traveling outside of Cuba to attend the event.
It should be noted former President Obama and even Pope Francis refused to officially meet any Cuban dissidents in either Washington or during their state visits to Cuba last year. The majority of the dissident movement supports these changes to Cuba policy.
If anyone is truly interested in understanding how the Castro Regime have increased repression and detention of Cuban activists since 2014, read the many blogs written by these dissidents.
And to add more fuel to the fire, read about how Raúl Castro currently provides hundreds of Cuban operatives to the repressive regime in Venezuela, as Maduro erodes human rights and destroys their once prosperous economy.
No. The embassies are not closing. You can still buy Cuban rum and cigars. The new rules generally apply to tourist travel and business conducted directly with the Cuban military. The Cuban military who, by the way, control more than 80% of the Cuban economy.
Revised Cuba policy
This is not a return to Cold War policies. This isn’t even an attempt to undo any opening that might improve relations. It is a valiant attempt to flatten the playing field. It recognizes that the Cuban people and their dissident leaders also have a seat at the table.
This is something that the previous administration failed to achieve in their 2014 policy.
As the president stated, “America will always stand for liberty.”
From my point of view, this was a good move.