Just yesterday Trump allowed Castro’s propaganda agency Prensa Latina to open a Washington D.C. Bureau, a favor denied the Castro’s by every U.S. President since 1967.
On top of that betrayal, and while his administration has been repeating that “Cuba Policy is being reviewed” here’s what they’ve (quietly) been up to…(But PLEASE SHUUUUSSSSHHHH!…Those Miami voters who helped hand him the crucial swing state of Florida might hear this!)
In fact, many of Trump’s policies are not exactly corresponding with his campaign pledges. Many are blaming this “inconsistency” on the influence of President Trump’s liberal son-in-law Jared Kushner (who will hereupon be referred to as “El Yernissimo.”)
For a decade prior to his role as one of Trump’s most influential advisors (some say he’s responsible for sandbagging Steve Bannon) Jared Kushner owned and published the liberal New York-based newspaper The New York Observer. Below please note some items published by this newspaper regarding Cuba—especially the Cuba embargo. All of these were published under Kushner’s watch:
1.) It is a new era, but Obama can only do so much. The real work lies in defunding the anachronistic laws which have allowed the ‘embargo industry’ to hold the national interest hostage for too long.
2.) The embargo would have been gone long ago… but for an elaborate system of thinly disguised political patronage born in the early 80s under President Reagan. Reagan helped create the Cuban American National Foundation (patterned after the America Israel Political Action Committee) and provided millions through embargo-supporting programs like the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute, Radio and TV Marti and the US Agency for International Development. ‘Transition’ and ‘democracy building’ became catch-words for opportunists like Otto Reich who helped write the laws that funded a self-perpetuating ‘ embargo industry.’
3.) The infamous 1996 Helms-Burton law doled out millions more to embargo supporters despite its blatant violation of international norms.
4.) Normalizing relations with Cuba will help improve relations with the rest of the world, which voted to condemn the embargo at the United Nations for the 23rd time in October of this year.
5.) President Obama’s long overdue policy shift toward Cuba is the kind of change that many who voted for him in 2008 had hoped the President would make. It was also clever politics. It is not only a popular foreign policy decision, but it is one that will help likely 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Julia Sweig and Phil Peters–indeed, Prensa Latina–could not put it any better. Much more here.
Reports the BBC: “Mr Kushner, who is married to Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka, also serves as the president’s lead adviser on relations with China, Mexico and Canada. (Cuba too, perhaps?)