Blumenauer Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Reverse Cuba Policy

June 16, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) today released the following statement on Trump’s decision to roll back key elements of the Obama Administration’s Cuba policy:

“This decision is ridiculous. The United States is returning to its shortsighted and counterproductive policies of the past. They did no good before and will do no good now.

“The U.S. embargo has done little to affect real change on the ground, but has done much to hurt the ordinary citizens of Cuba. In fact, a renewed policy of isolation will likely empower Cuban hardliners. If Trump wants to help Cuba move toward a more open, democratic system, then he needs to constructively engage with the country, not reverse course.”