Though bitter rivals on the campaign trail, it appears Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is an enormous fan of President Trump when it comes to his stance on Cuba.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, the president was in Miami on Friday to announce rollbacks of Obama’s liberalization of American policy toward Cuba, and Rubio was right there with him.
Rubio took to the podium before Trump, and used the opportunity to contrast the leadership of the current president with that of his predecessor on the matter of the Cuban government and its people.
“It struck me as the plane landed and we were getting into the cars that brought us here, and we look at the president coming down the steps,” Rubio said, “he was greeted by dissidents, by freedom fighters, by people, some of whom and on the island of Cuba have suffered greatly in the hands of this repressive regime.”
“And less than a year and a half ago,” he continued, “an American president landed in Havana, greeted by a regime. A year and a half ago, a president, an American president, landed in Havana, to outstretch his hand to a regime.”
“Today, a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba.”
Among the policy changes is a prohibition against any commercial transactions that benefit the Cuban military and security services. The military has a financial interest in many of the country’s hotels, for example. Trump’s new policy will ban Americans from staying at any such hotels, although they can continue to lodge at hotels not owned by the military, as well as at private residences. The point of the move is to keep American dollars from directly benefitting Cuba’s military, which it is estimated, controls roughly 60 percent of the economy through its management of a wide variety of commercial operations.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large