Today, President Trump announced he is reversing many of Obama’s executive policies towards Cuba.

For years Heritage has constantly fought for a U.S.-Cuba policy that would end the Castro regime–recognizing that the Castro dictatorship will never be friendly to the United States. The United States’ relationship to Cuba must be transactional and must require the Cuban government to meet high standards.

We saw this same attitude reflected in the President’s announcement today, as many of the key points in his policy closely reflect Heritage’s own position.

Writing for the National Interest, Heritage expert Mike Gonzalez had this to say on the U.S.-Cuba policy:

If “America First” means anything, it must mean preventing a virulently anti-American criminal enterprise from perpetuating its existence next door and reproducing itself throughout the hemisphere. And since this is precisely what President Obama’s opening to the Castros accomplished, President Trump is duty-bound to reverse this mistake.

Read Mike’s full analysis>>

Do you agree with the Trump administration’s new policy position on US-Cuba relations? Why or why not?

Comments (33)

Edward Cassidy - June 16, 2017

My question,that I hope you can answer,is how much work has the dems done in the first 6 months of the year and how much taxpayer money have they wasted? Accomplishing nothing,thanks

Richard A. Pollopck - June 16, 2017

continue the focused and appropriate response to Obama’s offshore folly. Had he been able, Obama would have given Guantanamo to Cuba, who in turn would have given it to the Russians.

Stann Lyman - June 16, 2017

I believe that President Trump should stand firm on the United States policy of international relationships with Cuba. We can not coexist on their terms. But we don’t need to be aggressive in our attitudes. America first.

Kathleen - June 16, 2017

Yes I do Agree with President Trumps restrictions on Cuba. You just have to take small steps to accomplish International Relationships what the President is willing to do for the Humanity of Cuba is brilliant, I personally felt it was The Art of the Deal.

Sonya - June 16, 2017

Yes absolutely I believe President Trump is doing the correct thing relative to Cuba. We cannot kow tow to other countries and their regimes. Thank you that we have an honest, upstanding ma n as our president who loves the United States and wants what is best for us and is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in.

virginia - June 16, 2017

I’m in 100% agreement with President Trump regarding Cuba. He knows how to run the country. The last president didn’t.

Michael Walz - June 16, 2017

President Trump has my full support on the Cuban deal and more importantly DRAIN THE SWAMP AND MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! He is truely an amazing man!

Bill J - June 16, 2017

I am thrilled with President Trump’s Cuban policy. Without the US/Obama economic support of this cruel dictatorship, perhaps someday the Cuban people will even see freedom.
Also, Heritage, I am really enjoying your communications. This one is great but also the short quick reads as well;

Len Young - June 16, 2017

The people of Cuba are being “Castroed” to death. We should be doing all we can to free the people, not support Raul.

Evan Tibbott - June 16, 2017

Yes, I believe President Trump is on the right track in dealing with Cuba and should stand firm.

Beverly Jean - June 16, 2017

Anything to overturn what Obama has done to this country. Btw, how is it that this person conducting these so-called “private investigations,,” is a buddy of Comey? And he’s loaded his team with Democrats. So much for bi-partisanship, Yes? Can’t some one stop this

Camille Hattrup - June 16, 2017

I trust Trump to get us a fair deal on our terms only or no deal.

Paul Gonzales - June 16, 2017

The President is having to correct another mistake of his predecessor with regards to Cuba.

Douglas Fletcher - June 16, 2017

I very much agree with President Trump’s position on Cuba, reversing Obama’s act. It is fairly well known by now that whatever Obama did in international relations was intended to hurt America – not help it!

Sully - June 16, 2017

Any way to discredit Trunps admin will be used by certain demo or who ever is remotely linked to the very liberal contigent in the DC environment. Let’s wair and see what the special council does next! He told the press today that Trump was not under investigation for colusion with the Putin group, but others arounvd him are being investigated, or should I say being “looked at closely”, causing the public to assume there may be some type of t re ason to have occurred. There are slme real bad legal members on the special team that have the ability yo make it appear that the Russian connectiln thru the voting system was significant, even though there may be bogus trails the security groups see as beiing from Russer and that might be a false trigger to continue the Russion imvestigation and find an invent gabricated onnection. On the other hand, it could be legit. But we not really get the truth from some of ox
ur own people that is bent on messing up Trump.

G. Allan Barnes - June 16, 2017

Yes, probably more than he does. Instead of allowing money to flow into that country, we should do anything legal to restrict money going there. That country has been a thorn in our side for 60 years and I was furious when Obama threw that dictatorship an economic lifeline. I was ecstatic when the Pres. announced the change. He’ll be very busy trying to correct the damage Obama did to this country. Our thoughts and prayers should be with him in his quest to right the wrongs.

Marguerite Potter - June 17, 2017

Yes, I do. But I strongly believe that it is our leadership’s responsibility (Reagan did this so well) to EDUCATE the population. In this case, our resistance to NO recognizing Cuba goes to the fact that Castro and Co STOLE American businesses a PROPERTY and until it is returned, there is zero to discuss……

John Orr - June 17, 2017

No I do not agree with Presidant Trumps policy toward Cuba. While it would be nice to have a democratic government in Cuba, I do not agree with continuing our faile 60 year old policy. Cuba is not a threat to the US. Better to worry about China, Russiia, North Korea and ISIS.

Jeanie Artis Adams - June 17, 2017

I was a teenager growing up in Tampa during the Cuban Revolution. Many friends were refugees. I loved them so. Their strength was admirable. The fathers of some were executed by Batista. Castro was just as vicious a dictator. The only difference; Batista was better dressed.
I say, “Thank God for President Trump.” Our first truly clear-eyed president in such a very long time.
The short answer, ABSOLUTELY!

Virginia Stough - June 17, 2017

Absolutely Yes

Marquis - June 17, 2017

I agree with President Trump’s stance on relations with Cuba. They are harboring a cop-killer and others who are currently unanswerable to American justice. Cuba continues to have a woeful record on human rights as well. Thank you President Trump!

Bill Coates - June 17, 2017

Mike’s brief summary is quite good. The enduring problem is that Cuba has established a block-level Communist control apparatus which can only be taken down from a religious angle, by very patient and determined believers.

ALRF - June 17, 2017

Who ever think Cuba is not a threat to USA is a sad ignorant….the Castros brothers
are anti-America since ever, they proved
it many times. I think Mr. Trump new policy toward the communist island is correct, mainly to stop the millonaire Generals of the Cuban Army from controlling the Cuban economy and stop them from making more and more money to fatten their banking accounts.
About the “existing” embargo, to me it is a farse….because it never exists, since
the Castro brothers can buy anything they wanted in any country including USA, and in a 80% of the times they
didn’t pay the bill….check out how many countries are still waiting for Cuba’s bill
payment….finally lets don’t forget that after Obama gave everything to Raul Castro, he got NOTHING in return, however the Cuban people got nothing, but more jail, more illtreatment, more hungry people, more
beaten to any protestor, etc,etc.and did Obama complain about it….no way….He’did’nt care !!

Ken Wicker - June 17, 2017

I agree with Trump’s position on Cuba.

Janelle Nowell - June 17, 2017

I disagreed with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio who says he is from Cuba wanting to “help” Cuba What was a white person doing living there? The native islanders should be free to govern themselves and provide for themselves. If the natives want to trade with the United States, then businesses can think about it.

Sandra Fleming - June 18, 2017

Even the Cuban people know when they see a bad deal…sf

Craig Steen - June 18, 2017

…yes, I definitely favor Trump’s policy on Cuba….we should not be donating to their military coffers and if Dems. are so concerned about cozying up to a Communist Russia, how can they overlook Obama’s free lunch to the Castro regime?

Ken - June 18, 2017

Until Raol Castro is gone, no action should be taken to build a new embassy or offer any relaxation on the embargo to the regime that recognizes terrorist organizations in Havana. Cuba Libre!

John McDonough - June 19, 2017

Yes, I agree w our President’s reversal of Obama’s stance on Cuba.

Henry C. Holder - June 20, 2017

Yes, they are our neighbors.

Doug Kesler - June 21, 2017

We need to stop feeding our enemies

thomas little - June 27, 2017

President Trump I believe will be successful. All the “fake” news is coming to light. Look at CNN firing three of its own. My prayers to him on dealing with North Korea and Russia which includes Eastern Europe. Plus Iran, He has a full plate. no one better to lead us at this time. Also the Chinese are pushing us in the Pacific.

Michael Brown - July 15, 2017

Yes I agree with the new policies our President has made toward Cuba-American relations. Let us not support a Communist government.

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