Trump Administration cracks down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

  • The Trump administration took a hard-line defense against Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua by announcing new sanctions and restrictions against the three countries. The new sanctions reverse Obama-era policies.
  • National security adviser John Bolton called the leaders of the three nations the “three stooges of socialism.”
  • Bolton spoke to a group near Miami on the 58th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs. The failed operation was the US’s attempt to overthrow the Cuban government.
  • The new sanctions are likely to have the greatest impact on Cuba since the country is in the midst of great economic instability after a decline in aid from Venezuela.
  • Additionally, Bolton announced a cap on the amount of money that American families can send to their relatives in Cuba. With the new limit, each person can send $1000 per quarter.
  • The Trump administration also sought to ban “non-family travel” to Cuba, which has a significant impact on the country’s tourism sector.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new policy, which will allow lawsuits against foreign businesses operating on Cuban properties that were seized from Americans after the 1959 Cuban revolution.

Reference Links – Additional Info…

  • Time: Trump Administration Cracks Down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela in Obama Policy Roll Back READ
  • The Eagle: Trump cracks down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela READ
  • AP: Trump cracks down on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela READ