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Report: Trump to reverse Obama's Cuba policy
President Donald Trump plans on reversing a set of policies softening relations with Cuba, according to a report from The Daily Caller.
The U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, a non-partisan group, said the Trump administration is preparing to announce the changes to Obama-era policies in a June speech in Miami, according to the Daily Caller.
The report cites two unnamed sources who said a bipartisan trio of senators – Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) – pushed for the reversal.
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 surfaced days after Trump met with Pope Francis, who facilitated the deal between Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.
[Source: By Niv Elis, The Hill, Washington, 29May17]
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