The Obama administration, unilaterally, without any consultation with Congress or concern for national security, has changed U.S. policy regarding the restrictions on trade with Communist Cuba. Exchanges of products will no longer be restricted or face fines, including cigars, rum, pharmaceuticals and scientific work.
After making the regulatory changes, the Obama cronies warned that the next president would be unwise to undo changes the Obama administration began taking almost two years ago.
“The Cuban people continue to be at the center of everything we’re doing,” said a senior administration official. “Expanding our license allow items to be sold directly to Cubans.”
“We’ve seen concrete benefits for Cubans on the island.”
“We've increased the space for this type of travel, people to people exchange, commercial opportunities in ways that are already having a positive impact on the lives of Americans and Cubans,” the official said. “Turning back the clock on that policy would only take away those opportunities.”
Congressional members of Cuban descent denounced the move, criticizing the administration for unfairly benefiting the communist regime, which is said to continue to oppress dissenters.
Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, said in a statement: “After two years of President Obama's Cuba policy, the Castro regime has made out like bandits and received numerous concessions from the U.S. without lifting a finger to return the fugitives it is harboring from American justice, pay Americans for their stolen property, or allow the Cuban people to exercise their God-given freedoms.”
New Jersey Democrat Sen. Robert Menendez, said in a statement that the new changes violate two U.S. laws regarding Cuba.
“Today’s regulatory economic changes from the White House not only benefit state-owned Cuban businesses and bolster the coffers of the Castro regime, but mark a profound shift away from our own commitment to the rule of law and the processes of democracy as we have always known them,” Menendez said.
“The new regulations simply and blatantly violate both the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992 and the Cuban Liberty and the Libertad Act of 1996,” the senator said, “which codified the embargo against Cuba.”
“While the Administration may not like the embargo or agree with it, it remains the law of the land,” Menendez added. “At the end of the day, it is outrageous that our own government would seek to break the law and blatantly acknowledge its intent to do so.”
The Obama administration's decision to work with Communist Cuba is no surprise. Communists always like working with communists. That's why the Obama administration does not understand the damage they are causing. They see nothing wrong with communism.