Trump Confirms Hostility toward Cuba, Venezuela after Bolton’s Exit

Washington, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) US President Donald Trump reiterated today his hostile policy towards Cuba and Venezuela, denounced inside and outside the US territory.

Trump referred to both nations after the dismissal on Tuesday of his National Security adviser John Bolton, a controversial conservative hawk who had been the most visible face of the Republican administration’s policy against Havana and Caracas.

My views on Venezuela and, especially, on Cuba, were much stronger than those of John Bolton. He was holding me back!, the White House chief wrote this afternoon on Twitter.

The President thus responded to a Tweet from Republican Senator Marco Rubio, the member of Congress who presses the most for aggressive action against those two nations.

I just talked to Donald Trump about Venezuela. It is true that he did not agree with some opinions of the previous advisor.

But as he reminded me, it is really the opposite of what many claim or assume. If, in fact, the direction of the policy changes, it will not be to weaken it, Rubio said on the same social network.

The messages of both indicate a continuity and even a possible tightening of the already wide range of economic sanctions and pressures used by Washington.

Only five months after his arrival at the executive mansion, in June 2017, Trump delivered a speech in Florida in which he announced the decision to reverse much of the bilateral approach with Cuba initiated during the administration of his predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama (2009-2017). In the following September, and under the argument of health incidents reported by US diplomats at its Embassy in Havana, the State Department cut most of the personnel in that diplomatic legation, suspended the delivery of visas, and then expelled from Washington DC two officials of the Caribbean country.

Just over a month later, the United States issued new restrictions on travel and commerce with Cuba, which included the publication of an extensive list of Cuban entities and sub-entities banned for Americans.

On May 2, the Trump administration activated Title III of the controversial Helms-Burton Act, which allows lawsuits to be filed against those who invest in nationalized properties in Cuba.

At the same time, Washington ignores the constitutional government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela, and gives his support to Juan Guaidó, deputy of the National Assembly considered in contempt that in January he proclaimed himself interim president and in April he led an attempted coup d’etat.

In many of the measures taken against Cuba in recent months, the US executive indicated they were due to the support of the Antillean nation to Venezuela, and in order to harm the two countries, imposed penalties on vessels dedicated to transporting Venezuelan oil to the island.


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