Groups of Senate and House Republicans have sent letters to President Donald Trump urging him not to reverse Obama administration policies that began to relax longstanding economic sanctions and open up the country for limited trade. Seven House Republicans wrote Trump stating, “Reversing course would incentivize Cuba to once again become dependent on countries like Russia and China. Allowing this to happen could have disastrous results for the security of the United States.” The letter also argued that reversing course would “threaten” efforts to combat human trafficking, illicit drug trade, cybercrime and fraud identification. Reps. Tom Emmer (MN), Rick Crawford (AR), Ted Poe (TX), Darin LaHood (IL), Roger Marshall (KS), James Comer (KY) and Jack Bergman (MI) signed that letter.
Similarly, Republican Senators John Boozman (AR), Mike Enzi (WY) and Jeff Flake (AZ) wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, strongly urging them to “weigh carefully any rollback of policies that would endanger” benefits such as the growth in Cuban entrepreneurs, expanded opportunity for U.S. businesses and the national security benefit of preventing the island nation from becoming “a client state of nations that view US interests as counter to their own.”
It is expected that during a trip to Miami later this week, Trump will announce the results of his administration’s inter-agency review of existing Cuba policy. Many reports are indicating that he may tighten some restrictions on travel and business activities.