President Donald Trump was in Miami today to fulfill a campaign promise. “Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” he said to an enthusiastic crowd that included son of Cuban immigrants Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Trump’s former rival in the presidential Republican primary last year.
Trump promised, “And now that I am your president, America will expose the crimes of the Castro regime.” Cuba continues to harbor JoAnne Chesimard, a cop killer on the FBI’s most wanted list. The nation also imprisons, tortures, and kills its own citizens for disagreeing with the government.
While in office, former President Barack Obama opened up tourism to Cuba to private American citizens, rescinding a rule that only permitted American travel to the nation if they were in American-run tour groups. Trump intends to hit persons breaking this rule with a treasury audit.
He is keeping the United States Embassy in Havana open and is upholding Obama’s ending of the "wet foot, dry foot" policy. Former president Bill Cinton began the policy in the 1990s to allow Cuban refugees who set foot on land to stay in the United States. Obama terminated it in January before leaving office, stating Cubans needed to come to America “as we welcome immigrants from other nations, consistent with our laws.”
Chris Salcedo said on “The Chris Salcedo Show” today that this speech finally begins to turn around the previous administration’s outreach “to the Communist, brutal dictators who rule with an iron fist over Cuba.”