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Reaction to Trump's Cuba shift

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Reaction to President Trump's Cuba policy shift

Engage Cuba president James Williams:

"This policy was clearly written by people who have never been to Cuba, at least not in this century. Because if they had, they'd know that the only thing that restricting travel will do is devastate Cubans working in the private sector who have relied on American visitors to provide for their families. The idea that after 55 years of failure, going back to isolationist policies will produce any results is insane. This policy is not only a betrayal of President Trump's 'America First' agenda and ​of his campaign promise to remove job-killing regulations, but will be a huge blow to the Cuban people who will suffer ​as a result. It's a shame that President Trump listened to two hardline members of Congress instead of the majority of his Republican base, the majority of the American people and almost every single Cuban on the island. This is bad policy, bad politics and bad for U.S. business."

Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa: "It appears that the Trump changes would subject Americans to a lot more bureaucratic red tape and complicate travel to Cuba. Doing so will harm the growing private sector on the island. We should allow Americans to be Americans and enjoy the freedom to travel where, when and the way they want without bureaucratic red tape. I look forward to the release of all details tomorrow."

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (via Miami Herald): "I fully support President Trump's announcement on his new Cuba policy and I commend my legislative brothers, Senator Marco Rubio and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, for playing an instrumental role in crafting this initiative which curtails cooperation with the Castro regime's military monopoly GAESA," Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement to the Miami Herald. "However, I will not be able to travel on Air Force One nor be at the event in Miami due to family commitments in Washington, DC."

[Last modified: Thursday, June 15, 2017 10:18pm]

    

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