Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tillerson would recommend veto of bill ending Cuba embargo

Tillerson would recommend veto of bill ending Cuba embargo

Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that he wouldn't
support legislation to end the U.S. embargo against Cuba, a major goal
of the Obama administration that now seems likely to go unfulfilled for
the next several years.

The Obama administration did all it could to ease trade and travel
restrictions against Cuba, but the embargo against the island nation is
federal law, and can only be undone through an act of Congress. But
Tillerson indicated he wouldn't support any such move on his watch.

"If a bill were to pass Congress that would remove the U.S. embargo
against Cuba, and there hasn't been democratic changes on the island of
Cuba, would you advise the president to veto a bill that lifted the
embargo on Cuba?" Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., asked Tillerson at his
confirmation hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"If confirmed, yes I would," Tillerson replied. Later in the hearing,
Tillerson reiterated President-elect Trump's assertion that the Cuban
government got what it wanted in its negotiations with President Obama,
but ordinary Cuban people got nothing in the way of political or human
rights reforms.

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Tillerson also indicated he was preparing to reassess Obama's regulatory
easing against Cuba once he takes office. "I expect a comprehensive
review of all those executive orders, and from the State Department
perspective," he said.

That includes the possibility of putting Cuba back on the list of
countries that sponsor terrorism.

"I would want to examine carefully the criteria under which Cuba was
delisted from the list of terrorist nations that support terrorism, and
whether or not the delisting was appropriate," he said.

Source: Tillerson would recommend veto of bill ending Cuba embargo |
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