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Rubio Statement on New Regulations to Implement the President’s Policy to Empower the Cuban People

Nov 8, 2017 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today issued a statement in response to the Executive Branch’s new regulatory amendments to implement President Trump’s National Security Presidential Memorandum of June 2017 for strengthening U.S. policy toward Cuba.  Today’s regulatory amendments include a number of changes, including the State Department’s new Cuba Restricted List of entities and subentities that are controlled by, or act for or on behalf of, the Cuban military, intelligence or security services and personnel, as well as the Treasury Department’s and Commerce Department’s new regulations to prohibit direct financial transactions with these Cuban entities and sub-entities.

“The regulatory changes announced today by Treasury and Commerce begin to implement President Trump’s June 2017 policy for enforcing U.S. sanctions laws against the Castro regime. Unfortunately however, bureaucrats in the State Department who oppose the President’s Cuba policy refused to fully implement it when they omitted from the Cuba Restricted List several entities and sub-entities that are controlled by or act on behalf of the Cuban military, intelligence or security services. These include Gran Caribe Hotel Group and Cubanacan. I remain confident that this effort by some in the State Department to undermine the President’s directive will be addressed.”