In 2014, the Obama Administration made the controversial decision to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba. Two years later, Obama became the first president in nearly a century to visit the island.
The administration was able to soften regulations on trade, business, and travel with the communist nation, but Congress refused to lift the embargo that has been in place since 1962.
This June, President Trump is expected to announce a reversal of Obama’s Cuba policies during a speech in Miami, Florida. These changes were reportedly pushed by lawmakers Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
In March, Rubio tweeted that he is “quite confident” that Trump will treat Cuba “like a dictatorship.”
Obama’s Cuba policy has been under view since Trump took office. News of his decision to reverse the policies comes just a few days after Trump’s first face-to-face meeting with Pope Francis, the very man who facilitated the deal between Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.
Editor’s note: I don’t believe anything will change in Cuba until well after the last Castro is gone. But this really has more to do with the attitude of Cuban Americans who suffered greatly at that hands of the Castros. If they are not ready, or if they have conditions, then we need to respect that.