Diaz-Balart Marks One Year Since President Announced Policy Focused on Promoting Democracy in Cuba
MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement one year after the Trump administration announcement to strengthen sanctions against the regime in Cuba.
“One year after the President’s announcement in Miami to strengthen sanctions against the regime in Cuba, I appreciate the President’s commitment to restrict U.S. dollars from enriching the Cuban military and the brutal regime that oppresses the Cuban people. These changes were positive steps in the right direction.
“There is more work ahead of us. In the June 16, 2017 National Security Presidential Memorandum on ‘Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba,’ the President indicated that he intends to adjust his policy as needed to ensure that it promote freedom and democracy. As he said, ‘[m]y Administration will continue to evaluate its policies so as to improve human rights, encourage the rule of law, foster free markets and free enterprise, and promote democracy in Cuba.’ We must further curtail the regime’s access to U.S. financial institutions, restrict the import of alcohol and tobacco products, protect Americans’ property rights, expand the ‘Cuba Restricted List’ to include all Cuban military-run companies, and fully enforce the ban on tourism travel. We must also strengthen our outreach to the Cuban people through vigorous democracy programming and effectual broadcasts through Radio and TV Marti. These are crucial next steps in furthering the President’s goal of promoting democracy in Cuba.”
“I commend the President for strengthening sanctions against the Cuban military, and remain committed to working with him to fully implement a policy that supports the Cuban people in their democratic aspirations.”