A senior government official told CNN that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to be appointed in the next few days. The second official confirmed that the discussion is ongoing, although the time is uncertain.
The Cuban government has already condemned the move, which is one of a series of bold measures taken by the Trump administration because it tried to leave a lasting impression on U.S. foreign policy after President Donald Trump leaves office only three weeks brand.
Currently, only three other countries have American terrorist names: Iran, North Korea, and Syria. Sudan was recently removed from the list as part of an agreement to normalize relations with Israel.
Such a name would restrict US foreign aid, prohibit defense exports and sales, certain controls on exports, and various financial restrictions. This will also impose penalties on any individuals and countries that engage in certain trade activities with Cuba.
In recent months, when one of the first advocates of the plan, Mauricio Claver-Carone (a hawkish Cuban-American prosecutor), left the National Security Council and became the American Development Council. When the bank president, the motivation to get this appointment diminished. .
However, others in the government, including Trump’s special representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, senior Western hemisphere official Michael Kozak, and Florida Republican Senator Ma Both Marco Rubio and Rick Scott fully supported this idea-despite the lack of a former government official who said that most Cuban offices of the State Department provided support.
“Since January 20, 2017, returning Cuba to the list of supporters of terrorist countries has become the target of some people in the Trump administration,” said John Cavouric, chairman of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council. “The Trump administration has changed the definition of “terrorism” to include government actions against citizens-terrorism is no longer just bombing or bombing. The Trump administration has combined Cuba with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and with China, Iran, Russia, Syria and North Korea.”
Asylum and impunity
Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla “condemned” the expected name on Wednesday, implying that it was “to please the anti-Cuban minority in Florida.”
Rodriguez Parrilla wrote on Twitter: “The United States has provided asylum and impunity for terrorist organizations targeting Cuba in this territory.
Since taking office, Trump has tried to reverse the Obama administration’s efforts to end hostilities with Cuba during the Cold War, and helped the socialist Fidel Castro (Fidel Castro) take office for decades. The country has set a new era of prosperity and development.
The Trump administration has labeled Cuba as part of the so-called “tyranny troika”, which includes Venezuela and Nicaragua, and imposed brutal sanctions and other restrictions on these three countries in the name of fighting socialism in the Western Hemisphere. The appointment of the terrorists may satisfy the Cuban-Americans and other voters who helped Trump win the Florida election, even though he eventually lost the election.
Critics of the Trump administration’s policies towards Cuba and Venezuela believe that sanctions and other sanctions will only bring more suffering to the people of these countries, while having limited impact on the regimes they target.
President-elect Biden stated during the campaign that if elected, he “will promptly reverse the trump card policy that has caused harm to the Cuban people and failed to do anything to advance democracy and human rights.”
Patrick Oppmann of CNN contributed to this report.