WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement today following President Trump’s announcement of new restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba.
“The Obama administration’s decision to warm relations with Cuba resulted in enriching the brutal Castro regime and their oppressive government rather than helping the Cuban people,” Inhofe said “President Trump’s decision to enforce travel restrictions and prohibit financial transactions with Cuba’s military demonstrates the United States is no longer in the business of appeasing communist dictators. Before we consider strengthening ties with the government of Cuba, it is fundamental to both the Cuban people and the United States, that the Cuban government makes significant reforms, including holding free and fair elections, allowing freedom of press and speech and stopping their aid to terrorists and criminals.”
“President Trump also continues to honor his commitment to keep open the detainee detention center at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay. Gitmo harbors the world’s most dangerous terrorists, who we cannot safely harbor elsewhere. Keeping Gitmo open and operational is essential to our national security.”