On Monday, the Trump administration redesignated Cuba as a “national sponsor of terrorism,” and imposed new sanctions shortly before the president-elect Biden took office.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this step, particularly because Cuba continues to shelter American fugitives and supports Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro.
The appointment is one of the latest in a series of recent initiatives by the Trump administration before Biden takes office on January 20.
President Barack Obama̵
Just like he was in Iran, Trump tried to overturn many of Obama’s decisions about Cuba. He took a hard line against Havana and withdrew many sanctions that the Obama administration relaxed or lifted after the restoration of full diplomatic relations in 2015.
Since Trump took office, relations between the two countries have become increasingly tense after a campaign attacked Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba.
In addition to attacking Cuba in support of Maduro, the Trump administration also hinted that Cuba may be behind or allowed the alleged attacks, which started to brainstorm dozens of American diplomats in Havana since the end of 2016. Injured.
However, few US allies believe that Cuba is still a supporter of international terrorism, and either question the definition based on support for Maduro or bluntly reject the US claim that the Cuban authorities are funding or planning international terrorist attacks.
Despite this, the Trump administration has implemented a policy of opposition to Cuba, steadily increasing restrictions on flights, trade and financial transactions between the United States and the island.
The Trump administration has restored the latest sanctions, including major restrictions, which will prohibit most travel from the United States to Cuba and transfer of funds between the two countries, which is an important source of income for Cubans with relatives in the United States .
Obama’s removal of Cuba from the list of “national sponsors of terrorism” is the main target of Trump, Pompeo and other Cuban hawks in the current administration. Former national security adviser John Bolton has been the main advocate for the restoration of sanctions.
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