President Trump intends to downgrade trade links with Cuba. President Obama’s bold and Wise diplomacy towards Cuba opened a new chapter in US-Cuban relations. Restrictions on Americans visiting Cuba as tourists and Americans doing business there were relaxed very considerably. As part of this demarche Mr Obama visited the Republic of Cuba himself. The United States and Cuba restored full diplomatic relations. This was all very welcome.
I had vainly hoped that as a businessman Donald J Trump would care only about filthy lucre. But no he prétends to have principles. The Donald now wants to lower commerical links with Cuba. These are providing greater prosperity for people on both sides of the straits.
Trump is failing even in his own terms. Much of his Platform is not being implemented. Perhaps because he is frustrated and his knows his base is feeling disquiet the president has chosen to throw them some red meat. Restricting business deals with Cuba will play well with the anti-socialist headbangers.
It is true that Cuba is not a free country./ It is not very oppressive either. Trump does not care a fig for human rights as he has frequently proven when he boasts that he wants to use the foulest tortures on suspects and deliberately kill civilians. He has also literally cosied up to one of the worst dictators in the world. Cuba’s political situation is a lot prettier than Saudi Arabia’s.
D J Trump may well be desperate to distract attention from Russia gate. This scandal rumbles on and on. As the evidence against him refuses to go away he wishes to divert public attention by ramping up tensions with a weak neighbour.
The embargo did not work after 55 years. Why will it work know? This is yet another example of Trump’s stupidity and irrationality. Every other country in the world trades With Cuba. They will taken the opportunities that the United States does not. President Trump intends to forbid American companies having any dealings with the Cuban military which controls huge swathes of the economy.
*Diplomatically is is also asinine. The United States needs more friends and not more foes. If this was so vital why tarry until now? I vainly hope the business lobby will bend Trump’s ear. Maybe he was worried because his hotel chain did not have a slice of the action in Cuba. Perhaps that is his ulterior motive.