Read More… from 6/13/2023


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY/JOE BIDEN: “The Trump administration on Monday [Jan. 11, 2021] re-designated Cuba as a ‘state sponsor of terrorism,’ hitting the country with new sanctions that could hamstring President-elect Joe Biden’s promise to renew relations with the communist-governed island… The designation, which had been discussed for years, is one of several last-minute foreign policy moves […]

Read More… from 1/11/2021


CUBA/JOE BIDEN: “We have to vote for new Cuba policy as well. This administration approach isn’t working. Cuba’s no closer to freedom and democracy today than it was four years ago. In fact, there are more political prisoners and secret police are as brutal as ever. And Russia once again is a major presence in […]

Read More… from 10/29/2020


2020 ELECTION/CUBA/SOCIALISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “This election is a choice between the AMERICAN DREAM and a SOCIALIST NIGHTMARE. Our opponents want to turn America into Communist Cuba or Socialist Venezuela. As long as I am President, America will NEVER be a socialist Country!“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 29, 2020 9:58 am […]

Read More… from 10/29/2020


CUBA/TRUMP ADMIN: “We also need a new Cuba policy. The administration’s approach is not working. Cuba is no closer to freedom and democracy than it was four years ago. The fact there’s more political prisoners, the secret police are as brutal as ever, and Russia is once again a major presence in Cuba in Havana… […]

Read More… from 10/5/2020


CUBA/OBAMA ADMIN: “The Obama, Biden administrations horrendous Cuba policy betrayed the Cuban people. And enriched Castro’s regime. I ended that and as you know, we ended it very strongly. We ended it.” -Donald Trump via Fox Business, “Trump holds ‘Latinos for Trump’ roundtable in Florida,” YouTube.com, Sep. 25, 2020 […]

Read More… from 9/25/2020


CUBA: “Today, as part of our continuing fight against communist oppression, I am announcing that the Treasury Department will prohibit U.S. travelers from staying at properties owned by the Cuban government. We’re also further restricting the importation of Cuban alcohol and Cuban tobacco. These actions will ensure that U.S. dollars do not fund the Cuban […]

Read More… from 9/23/2020


CUBA/OBAMA ADMIN/SANCTIONS: “The Obama-Biden administration made a weak, pathetic, one-sided deal with the Castro dictatorship that betrayed the Cuban people and enriched the communist regime. I cancelled the Obama-Biden sellout to the Castro regime. We will not lift sanctions until all political prisoners are freed, freedoms of assembly and expression are respected, all political parties […]

Read More… from 9/23/2020


CUBA/HISPANICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “We thank God for the blessings we share as citizens of the Greatest Country on earth – and we hope, pray, and work for the day when the people of Cuba can finally reclaim their glorious destiny!“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 23, 2020 8:25 am […]

Read More… from 9/23/2020


2016 ELECTION/2020 ELECTION/CUBA/ENDORSEMENT/HISPANICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VETS: “I was honored to receive the Endorsement of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association in 2016, and am honored once again to receive their Official Support and Endorsement in 2020. Thank you very much, I will never let you down!“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 23, 2020 8:13 am […]

Read More… from 9/23/2020


CUBA/HISPANICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Today, we reaffirm our ironclad solidarity with the Cuban People, and our eternal conviction that FREEDOM will prevail over the sinister forces of COMMUNISM… …60 years ago, these Cuban patriots formed Brigade 25-06 in a daring effort to liberate their homeland from the communist Castro regime. Today, we declare America’s unwavering commitment […]

Read More… from 9/23/2020


CUBA/OBAMA: “I ended the horrible Obama-Biden sell-out to the Castro regime because that deal with Cuba was horrible. I stand with the people of Cuba. I stand with the people of Venezuela, Nicaragua in their righteous struggle for freedom and you watch, it’ll be fantastic when it happens, but Obama totally sold out the great […]

Read More… from 8/19/2020


CUBA/JOE BIDEN/OBAMA ADMINISTRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I ended the Obama-Biden sellout to the Castro regime in Cuba. We’ve been very strong on Cuba. Cuba is not doing so well. Joe Biden has pledged to reinstate the pro-communist policies of the Obama-Biden administration. They were pro-communist policies. The deal we made with Cuba was ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. […]

Read More… from 7/10/2020


CENTRAL AMERICA/CUBA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “There is a new hint of life in the dilapidated downtown of Ciudad Juárez, which residents abandoned as a recession and drug gang murders ravaged the city a decade ago. Thousands of Cubans, waiting in limbo for a decision on their requests for asylum in the United States, have made the […]

Read More… from 8/8/2019


CHINA/CUBA/SANCTIONS/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. sanctions on Cuba are deterring American firms from exploring its telecommunications sector even as Washington seeks to expand internet access on the Communist-run island, according to the final report of a U.S. government task force released on Tuesday [6-25-29]. Chinese companies dominate Cuba’s telecoms sector, a status quo ‘worth challenging given […]

Read More… from 6/25/2019


CUBA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “On this Cuban Independence Day, we stand by the people of Cuba in their quest for freedom, democracy and prosperity. The Cuban regime must end its repression of Cubans & Venezuelans. The United States will not stand idly by as Cuba continues to subvert democracy in the Americas!”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May […]

Read More… from 5/20/2019


CUBA/ECONOMY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “The battle for Cuba’s economic future is being waged on its beaches. And at its all-inclusive resorts, dive sites and cobblestoned colonial plazas. As most of Cuba’s economy stagnates or declines, the country has launched a full-scale effort to turn virtually the only bright spot — tourism — into an engine that […]

Read More… from 5/17/2019


CUBA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….embargo, together with highest-level sanctions, will be placed on the island of Cuba. Hopefully, all Cuban soldiers will promptly and peacefully return to their island!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 30, 2019 4:09 pm […]

Read More… from 4/30/2019


CUBA/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “If Cuban Troops and Militia do not immediately CEASE military and other operations for the purpose of causing death and destruction to the Constitution of Venezuela, a full and complete….”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 30, 2019 4:09 pm […]

Read More… from 4/30/2019


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is expected to announce its plan to enforce a controversial provision of the decades-old trade embargo on Cuba Wednesday [4-17-19], a senior administration official tells CNN — a decision that will break with the precedent set by every President since Bill Clinton. US National Security Adviser John […]

Read More… from 4/16/2019


CUBA/EU/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WTO: “The Trump administration will announce on Wednesday [4-17-19] a big shift in policy toward Cuba by allowing U.S. individuals to file legal claims against foreign companies that conduct business in Cuba, a senior administration official told POLITICO. The move represents a new hard-line stance against the island nation, which has been […]

Read More… from 4/16/2019


CUBA/FOFEIGN POLICY/LAWSUITS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump has approved a move intended to further choke off foreign investment in Cuba by lifting longstanding limits on American citizens seeking to sue over property confiscated by the Havana government going back to Fidel Castro’s revolution six decades ago, a senior administration official said on Tuesday [4-16-19]. The decision, […]

Read More… from 4/16/2019


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY/VENEZUELA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House is expected to give details about U.S. President Donald Trump’s Venezuela and Cuba policy on Thursday [11-1-18] when national security adviser John Bolton travels to Miami to give an address on Latin America. Days ahead of high-stakes elections in Florida, home to many migrants from the region, Bolton […]

Read More… from 10/31/2018


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump is poised to promote an international finance official tied to Sen. Marco Rubio to lead Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council, making him the fourth member of an unofficial team of top pro-democracy Cuba hard-liners who are executing and advocating the administration’s Latin American policies. […]

Read More… from 8/31/2018


CUBA/REX TILLERSON/STATE: “The U.S. will make staff reductions at its embassy in Havana permanent, the State Department said Friday [3-2-18], as officials have so far failed to determine the source of ‘health attacks’ against personnel stationed there. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had ordered most staff except for emergency personnel to leave the embassy in […]

Read More… from 3/2/2018


CUBA/FBI/STATE: “A group of American diplomats stationed in Havana appear to have symptoms of concussion without ever having received blows to their heads, medical experts have found. The diplomats originally were said to have been victims of a ‘sonic attack,’ a possibility that the Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly ruled out in January. The experts’ […]

Read More… from 2/15/2018


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY/GOP: “U.S. supporters of improved relations with Cuba joined the top leadership of the Caribbean country on Sunday [1-28-18] to inaugurate a replica of a New York statue of its independence hero Jose Marti. Just a few years ago, the hundreds gathered for the event overseen by Cuban President Raul Castro would have been […]

Read More… from 1/28/2018


CUBA: “Doctors treating the US Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned. It’s the most specific finding to date about physical damage, showing that whatever it was that harmed the Americans, […]

Read More… from 12/6/2017


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration on Wednesday [11-8-17] continued to pare back rules intended to normalize ties with Cuba, announcing new regulations tightening travel and financial transactions by Americans. President Donald Trump had said in June he would reverse steps taken by predecessor Barack Obama to relax a decades-old U.S. embargo against the […]

Read More… from 11/8/2017


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said Monday [10-16-17] he believes Cuba ‘is responsible’ for the mysterious ailments that have left at least 22 American government employees and family members in Cuba with hearing loss, cognitive problems and other symptoms. But it was unclear if he meant to formally blame Havana for what the […]

Read More… from 10/16/2017


CRISIS/GUNS/POLITICS: “With support building in Congress for action against devices like those the Las Vegas gunman had, which allow a rifle to fire hundreds of rounds per minute, the National Rifle Association on Thursday [10-5-17] endorsed tighter restrictions on the gadgets, but did not say they should be outlawed. The stance by the N.R.A., and […]

Read More… from 10/5/2017


CUBA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Cubans have long regarded emigrating to the United States as something of a birthright derived from the privations they endured as a result of sanctions that Washington has imposed on Cuba for decades. Last week, for the first time in decades, the United States effectively shut down the immigration pipeline from the […]

Read More… from 10/5/2017


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration expelled 15 Cuban diplomats from the embassy in Washington in an escalating response to mysterious illnesses afflicting American embassy personnel in Havana. The expulsions were intended to force the Cubans to operate their embassy in Washington under the same emergency conditions that the United States is now operating […]

Read More… from 10/3/2017


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY: “It was grim, unsettling news: the United States warned Americans on Friday [9-29-17] not to travel to Cuba and ordered the withdrawal of more than half its diplomats in Havana. The announcement, which spread around the island in spurts, largely by word of mouth, dealt a harsh blow to Cubans who had hoped […]

Read More… from 9/29/2017


AMBASSADOR/CUBA/STATE: “The U.S. State Department is set to announce Friday [9-29-17] that it is cutting staff at the U.S. Embassy in Havana as Washington investigates mysterious health attacks that have left more than 20 diplomats with dizziness, concussions, hearing loss and other symptoms. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said earlier this month that he was […]

Read More… from 9/29/2017


CUBA/REX TILLERSON/STATE: “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with his Cuban counterpart Tuesday [9-26-17] amid an investigation into mysterious attacks that have affected the health of at least 21 American diplomats and strained ties between the two governments. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla told Mr. Tillerson that Cuban officials haven’t identified the cause or origin […]

Read More… from 9/26/2017


CUBA/REX TILLERSON/STATE: “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is considering closing its embassy in Cuba in response to what he has described as ‘health attacks’ on American diplomats there that have caused hearing loss, concussions and other symptoms. Mr. Tillerson said in a television interview Sunday on CBS that he is considering calls […]

Read More… from 9/17/2017


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The University of Miami received a nervous call from the Trump administration: American diplomats in Havana were getting sick with headaches, dizziness and hearing loss. Washington needed answers. At least six patients were flown from Cuba to the university’s hospital this year to determine the cause of a medical mystery that […]

Read More… from 8/11/2017


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY/STATE: “The U.S. has expelled two Cuban diplomats in retaliation for a bizarre incident purportedly involving a covert sonic device that allegedly left a group of American diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Wednesday [8-9-17] spoke only cryptically about the matter, referring to an ‘incident’ without elaboration. […]

Read More… from 8/10/2017


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY: “Cuba’s foreign minister on Monday [6-19-17] delivered a searing rebuke of President Trump’s new policy toward the island nation by calling it a ‘grotesque spectacle’ and vowed that his country ‘will never negotiate under pressure or under threat.’ The remarks by the foreign minister, Bruno Rodríguez, at a news conference in Vienna, was […]

Read More… from 6/19/2017


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY: “Back from Miami where my Cuban/American friends are very happy with what I signed today. Another campaign promise that I did not forget!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 16, 2017 08:30pm […]

Read More… from 6/16/2017


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump slammed former President Barack Obama’s dealings with the communist regime in Cuba on Friday [6-16-17] in Miami, charting his own course of more confrontational relations with the Castro-led government… The change is posture, however, is only a partial shift from Obama’s policy. Diplomatic relations between the United States […]

Read More… from 6/16/2017


CONFLICT OF INTEREST/CUBA/ETHICS/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “The proposed changes in US-Cuba relations that President Donald Trump will unveil Friday in Miami could adversely impact hotel brands that directly compete with Trump’s business empire, making it more difficult for them expand their foothold in Cuba. Trump’s changes in Cuba policy include prohibiting ‘financial transactions, including […]

Read More… from 6/16/2017


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE/REX TILLERSON: “The Trump administration likely will scale back policy changes it believes have benefited the Cuban government while preserving some of the increased commercial activity that has begun after former President Barack Obama moved to normalize U.S.-Cuban ties, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday [6-13-17]. President Donald Trump is expected to […]

Read More… from 6/13/2017


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump likely will fulfill a campaign promise this month by curbing some of the ties with Cuba that former president Barack Obama adopted when he made his historic overture to the communist island. Trump threatened during campaign stops in the Cuban-American enclave of Miami to cut ties with Cuba. After […]

Read More… from 6/2/2017


CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY: “President Donald Trump is expected to roll back portions of the Obama opening with Cuba as early as June, according to a US government official involved in the review of current US policy toward the communist-run island. That official, as well as other current and former administration officials and Cuba experts, expect an […]

Read More… from 5/31/2017