“Good afternoon. Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba.” These were the opening lines of Barack Obama’s announcement of his plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba back in December of 2014. Those words could have also opened President Trump’s speech on Friday where he announced plans to roll back some of the changes set forth by the Obama administration.
“We will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime,” President Trump proclaimed, "until all political prisoners are freed, freedoms of assembly and expression are respected, all political parties are legalized, and free and internationally supervised elections are scheduled.”
Jim McGovern (D-MA), who has also led bipartisan efforts in support of President Obama’s endeavors to open the door for closer relations with the nation of Cuba, released this statement on the US-Cuba policy changes prior to Donald Trump’s announcement.
"President Trump's refusal to listen to the calls of business leaders and the American people to continue to strengthen US-Cuba relations is simply stunning,” McGovern claimed, “President Trump is caving to the demands of a handful of hardliners in Congress and this will only bolster the position of hardliners in Cuba.”