Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Welcomes NSA Ambassador Bolton to Miami Regarding U.S. Policy toward Latin America

Nov 1, 2018
Press Release

MIAMI ­­– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) today welcomed National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton to Miami’s Freedom Tower, where Bolton delivered a speech on the administration’s work to advance freedom and democracy in the Western Hemisphere. Bolton described the administration’s expansion of restricted Cuban entities, additional sanctions targeting financial networks that prop up the Maduro regime, and efforts to promote democracy and human rights in Nicaragua.

“I was honored to join my colleagues in welcoming National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton, to Miami for an important speech highlighting the administration’s latest efforts to promote democracy in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.  In the past two years, the Trump administration has tightened sanctions against the brutal dictatorship in Cuba, and today announced expanding the State Department’s Cuba Restricted List to include more entities connected to the Cuban military.  Because the Cuban military controls the Cuban economy, including tourism, closing any loopholes in the regulations is essential.  In addition, Ambassador Bolton announced that the administration is imposing further sanctions targeting gold and other financial networks that prop up the Maduro regime.  The Trump administration, aided by the authority provided by Congress in the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act, has imposed sanctions on more than seventy Venezuelan nationals for their roles in perpetrating human rights abuses, engaging in drug trafficking, or contributing to corruption in Venezuela.

“For many years, Ambassador Bolton has been a faithful friend to those struggling for freedom from tyranny and has fiercely challenged their oppressors.   I look forward to continuing to work with President Trump, Ambassador Bolton, and others in the administration to counter despotism and promote freedom in our hemisphere.”