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Biden's Cuba Rewind Made 'Quite Difficult' by Trump

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An employee of Auxiliadora Funeria Nacional hoists the flags of Cuba and the United States during the funeral of the late Cuban-US singer and film actress Rosita Fornes in Miami, Florida on June 12, 2020. ( Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 10 January 2021 12:41 PM

The unwinding of the Obama administration's policies on Cuba during the Trump administration might culminate with a renaming Cuba as a state sponsor of terror, complicating the Biden administration plans, according to The Hill.

"The Trump administration began with a list and the list had everything that the Obama administration had done, and a primary goal of the Trump administration during the last four years has been to undo what President Obama did, or do what President Obama didn't," U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council President John Kavulich told The Hill.

"And with respect to Cuba, there was a large quantity of items that President [Donald] Trump could look at in terms of wanting to change. Primary among them was President Obama's removal of Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism because that was integral to the process of reengagement with Cuba."

The State Department's effort, led by Secretary Mike Pompeo, of returning Cuba to the state sponsors of terror list might complicate Joe Biden's administration ability to return to Obama-era Cuban relations. Among the moves is to restore remittances, making it easier for Cuban-Americans to send money back to family members in Cuba.

"The only reason Pompeo is doing this is because it will make life for Biden quite difficult," Florida International University Sociology Professor Guillermo Grenier told The Hill. "There's not going to be a big rush to do anything on Cuba, other than to resume remittances, which is having a horrible impact on the Cuban people, and travel once COVID is over."

Grenier added "Cubans are basically Republicans," but progressive policies toward Cuba under Biden can move the needle of change.

"What has to be kept in mind is in the polls, the hard-line has made a comeback, but there are plenty of soft spots in the hard-line, such as travel, consular services, remittances," Grenier added to The Hill. 

"So, I do think if Biden changes the rules, we will see further changes among Cuban voters."

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