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Rep. Meeks Statement on Trump’s Decision to Rollback Progress with Cuba

June 16, 2017
Press Release
"Diminishing the rapprochement with Cuba that President Obama initiated is the wrong direction for Cuba and for America...

 

Rep. Meeks Statement on Trump’s Decision to Rollback Progress with Cuba

Washington, D.C.—Senior Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to disengage with Cuba:

“By limiting travel and trade with Cuba, President Trump is rolling back progress and promoting an antiquated, failed policy.  This regression will hurt the people of Cuba as they aspire to see progress in their country and engage with America and Americans. It provides more evidence that President Trump is out of touch with our allies in the Western Hemisphere and globally.

“Diminishing the rapprochement with Cuba that President Obama initiated is the wrong direction for Cuba and for America.  We know that engagement leads to change.  The best way to advance U.S. values is to engage and not retreat. Isolating Cuba didn’t work under Fidel Castro’s control, nor will it work now.  After 50 years of a failed embargo, it is clear such an approach is flawed.”   

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