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Trump's Cuba plans would reward Marco Rubio, Mario Diaz-Balart

Old American-made cars and horse-drawn carriages wait for tourists near Havana Harbor in Havana, Cuba, earlier this year. President Donald Trump is considering reversing major pieces of the Obama administration's opening with Cuba and reinstating limits on travel and commerce, citing human rights abuses by the Castro government as justification for a more punitive approach.

RON BRACKETT | Times

Old American-made cars and horse-drawn carriages wait for tourists near Havana Harbor in Havana, Cuba, earlier this year. President Donald Trump is considering reversing major pieces of the Obama administration's opening with Cuba and reinstating limits on travel and commerce, citing human rights abuses by the Castro government as justification for a more punitive approach.

President Donald Trump looking at reversing parts of the Obama administration’s opening with Cuba and reinstating limits on travel and commerce, and he wants to announce the change in Miami, the New York Times reports.

The announcement could come this month, the report said, and it would be a way for Trump to fulfill a pledge, delivered during a speech in Miami in September, to the politically conservative Cuban-American exile community in South Florida. 

The Times writes that the changes would also allow Trump “to reward the loyalty of Cuban-American lawmakers who have been agitating for a harder line on Cuba, including Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.

“I am confident the president will keep his commitment on Cuba policy by making changes that are targeted and strategic and which advance the Cuban people’s aspirations for economic and political liberty,” Rubio told the newspaper.

Read the full report here

[Last modified: Thursday, June 1, 2017 8:40am]

    

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