On Friday the President flew to Miami to announce that he would be dumping the Obama policy toward Cuba and looking for a better deal. President Trump claimed that the Cuba “deal” is one sided and he announced that the US would be imposing numerous restrictions that will severely restrict travel and commercial ties with Cuba. You can watch the Presidents speech below.
After the announcement, several Republicans slammed the President for his latest decision. Reuters reported that key Republicans have denounced the President after his decision.
The move was immediately criticized by Republican members in both houses of Congress, including Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who accused Trump of “dancing with the Saudis and selling them weapons” while talking about national security.
Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) joined in Amash’s criticism, accusing Trump of abandoning his campaign promise to fight the “status quo.”
Emmer also released a statement hitting the Trump administration over the decision.
“Most importantly, today’s announcement creates a very real security risk for the American people and our homeland by inviting foreign nations into our backyard to fill a void that today’s announcement is creating,” Emmer wrote Friday.
.@POTUS's Cuba policy is not about human rights or security. If it were, then why is he dancing with the Saudis and selling them weapons?
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) June 16, 2017
— Tom Emmer (@RepTomEmmer) June 16, 2017
Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who co-sponsored the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act with 53 other senators, bashed Trump for the abrupt reversal of the Obama administration’s policy.
“Any policy change that diminishes the ability of Americans to travel freely to Cuba is not in the best interests of the United States or the Cuban people. It is time Senate leadership finally allowed a vote on my bipartisan bill to fully lift these archaic restrictions which do not exist for travel by Americans to any other country in the world,” Flake wrote in a statement.
Leahy accused the White House of “re-declaring war” on Cuba with the new policy.
What do you think about the President’s change in direction toward Cuba? Was this a step forward? Or backward?