President Donald Trump is set to unveil a rollback of former President Barack Obama’s policies toward Cuba, according to a report from The Daily Caller.
The report cites two unnamed sources who say behind-the-scenes efforts by Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and Republican Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart helped pushed for the policy reversal.
This information coming from an anti-embargo group was confirmed Sunday by John Kavulich of the nonpartisan U.S. – Cuba Trade and Economic Council. “The Trump Administration has been ‘ready’ since February 2017 to announce changes, but issues unrelated to Cuba have intervened,” Kavulich said.
The Hill adds:
“Obama, who became the first U.S. president to visit Cuba in almost a century last year, put in motion a series of policies to thaw relations with the Communist island nation, which had been a strategic burden throughout the Cold War.
While Obama was able to soften regulation on some kinds of trade, business, and travel, Congress has refused to lift the 57-year-old embargo.
The Trump administration had put the Cuba policy under review upon taking office.”
The Daily Caller report came days after Trump met with Pope Francis, who helped facilitate the deal between Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.
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In September, Newsweek published a bombshell report alleging that a company controlled by Donald Trump had secretly conducted business in Communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records, and court filings.
Documents show that the Trump company spent a minimum of $68,000 for its 1998 foray into Cuba at a time when the corporate expenditure of even a penny in the Caribbean country was prohibited without U.S. government approval. But the company did not spend the money directly. Instead, with Trump’s knowledge, executives funneled the cash for the Cuba trip through an American consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corp. Once the business consultants traveled to the island and incurred the expenses for the venture, Seven Arrows instructed senior officers with Trump’s company—then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts—how to make it appear legal by linking it after the fact to a charitable effort.