Biden’s Missed Opportunity in Cuba

Source: Foreign Policy
by Elise Labott

“As vice president, Biden was part of President Barack Obama’s opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba, which saw an easing on travel restrictions that promised more tourism dollars and remittances, an opening of embassies, and Cuba coming off the list of U.S. state sponsors of terrorism. Trump rolled that all back, enacting even tougher sanctions that further strained the economy and hardened the Cuban’s government’s position. … As a candidate, Biden pledged to reverse Trump’s hawkish sanctions-led policies, arguing ‘the crackdown on Cubans by the regime has gotten worse under Trump, not better.’ Yet, a half-year into his administration, as on so many issues from Afghanistan to trade, Biden’s policies are effectively a continuation of Trump’s.” (07/18/21)