Trump right to make Cuba pay for its intransigence
June 15, 2017
"When President Donald Trump announces his policy on Cuba Friday in Miami, many will be pleased. Others, not so much.
"Trump will maintain relations with Cuba, first announced by President Obama on Dec. 17, 2014. He apparently will not restore the wet foot, dry-foot policy, rescinded by Obama last year. Smart move. The law was as inequitable as it was a dangerous lure. And the president continue to authorize Cuban Americans to travel to the island.
"Trump’s new measures are designed to exert more pressure on Havana to reform itself. In the two and a half years since the Obama administration announced the thaw … the United States has made most of the concessions, while Cuban president Raúl Castro given very little, especially in the realm of human rights, in return.
"Trump is right to recalibrate this policy without jettisoning it wholesale.
"In one of the most important changes, transactions with the Business Administration Group …
"These measures should significantly reduce the amount of money flowing into the coffers of the Cuban regime. U.S. tourism has been booming since relations between Washington and Havana were resumed. According to island authorities, in 2016 the number of U.S. visitors increased by 74 percent compared to 2015.
"The ban on doing business with GAESA and its subsidiaries should be another blow … By blocking transactions with companies linked to the Cuban military, Trump closes a foreign-exchange ticket, and at the same time sends a political message: You cannot do business with the military.
"President Trump is basically following Cuban dissidents’ lead, including those who supported Obama’s opening to their country …"
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