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Anti-Castro Foundation Presses Trump for More Limits on Cuba

Anti-Castro Foundation Presses Trump for More Limits on Cuba

Tomas Regalado (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 19 June 2018 08:31 AM

The anti-Castro Inspire America Foundation has pressed President Donald Trump to impose more limits on Cuba.

The Miami-based organization, which features several former U.S. ambassadors and prominent Cuban American scholars and executives on its advisory board, submitted a letter to Trump last week praising his administration’s decision to appoint a new head of radio and TV Marti and requested additional restrictions be imposed on Havana, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

In March the foundation had called upon the White House to appoint a new director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), which oversees the radio and TV Marti stations in Cuba.

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, who sits on the Inspire America Foundation advisory board, was tapped to take up the position and earlier this month he officially assumed that role.

The Republican had been critical of President Donald Trump in the past for his immigration rhetoric, but came to support his policy towards Cuba, as opposed to the policy of former President Barack Obama.

"Under his leadership, we are convinced that this vital agency will finally fulfill the role that President Reagan envisioned for it," commented Marcell Felipe, who chairs the Inspire America Foundation's advisory board.

"The technology and ingenuity to allow Radio and TV Marti to reach the Cuban people with quality content has existed for some time, but now we finally have the political will to use them."

The foundation also applauded the administration for reversing Obama's d�tente with Cuba and offered several initiatives that could "finish the job."

It specifically recommended a presidential directive be enforced to ensure all federal agencies comply with the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act, or LIBERTAD Act.

The legislation was created as a way of increasing pressure for peaceful democratic change in Cuba.

The measure conditions looser U.S. policies in Havana provided the government meets stipulations to ensure the rights of the Cuban people are met.

Additionally, the foundation requested that the State Department refrain from issuing any more visas, including for cultural exchanges, to members of the Cuban government, military or artists.

Felipe noted that artists in Cuba are censored and only allowed to put on "politicized shows" that generate funding for the regime in the U.S., The Washington Free Beacon said.

The Inspire America Foundation also urged the State Department to reinstate Cuba to its list of state sponsors of terrorism while urging that the U.S. embassy in Havana be reduced back to an interest section.

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