I'm headed to Miami, Florida with President Trump to help him announce the strengthening of the United States' policy toward Cuba.
It's very simple, this new policy directive reverses the Obama Administration's support for the communist Castro regime and its military apparatus,
and aligns the United States with the Cuban people.
The policy centers on the belief that the oppressed Cuban people-rather than the oppressive Castro regime's military and its subsidiaries-should
benefit from American engagement with the island. This will be the first time in several decades that the Cuban people will have an economic
advantage over the Cuban military.
We will prohibit financial transactions with Group de Administracion Empresarial SA (GAESA) and its affiliates, subsidiaries, and successors. In
turn, we will empower the Cuban people to develop greater economic independence and ultimate political liberty.
With Raul Castro and most of his closest advisors in their eighties, Cuba, one way or another, will soon have a new generation of leaders. By
channeling funds away from the Castro regime and its military apparatus and towards the private citizens of Cuba, we will empower Cuba's rising
generation economically in the near term and politically over the long term.
This policy will better protect the United State's national security interests in the Western Hemisphere while advancing human rights and universal
values that Americans hold dear. The Castro regime and its military apparatus continue to systematically suppress the Cuban people's legitimate
aspirations for freedom, self-determination, and prosperity, and also continue to prop up the imploding Maduro dictatorship's violent efforts to crush
the Venezuelan people's legitimate demands for elections and a return to democracy.
Finally, America's relationship with Cuba will depend entirely on the Cuban government's willingness to expand the Cuban people's political
freedom, respect their universal rights, and allow freedom of press as well as free and fair democratic elections.
Thank you for all of your support,