Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claimed the ban is in retaliation for Cuba “providing a communist foothold in the region and propping up U.S. adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua.”
The Cuban people, and the rights of Americans, should not be held hostage to brazen partisan politics.
The two nations to vote against it were the U.S. and its ally, Israel, while Ukraine and Moldova simply did not vote.
National security adviser John Bolton declared Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua to be part of a “troika of tyranny” and a “triangle of terror.”
It’s unlikely the administration has either the will or the means to roll back the full suite of Obama-era reforms.
Trump has vowed to withdraw from diplomatic relations if he believes his new demands go unmet in the future.
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