The rewrite of the Obama agenda and legacy continues as President Donald Trump has instructed the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to rescind the agreement that allows Major League Baseball teams to sign Cuban baseball players.
The Obama administration’s deal allowed MLB to sign Cuban players as long as they paid the Cuban Baseball Federation a fee for releasing the players.
With the Trump edict, Cuban players must now cut ties with Cuba, defect before they can sign with a MLB team.
“In the letter, which was made public Monday afternoon, the Treasury Department told MLB that the payments to the Cuban Baseball Federation constituted illegal business with the Cuban government. That reverses a ruling made by the Obama administration allowing the payments.
U.S. law prohibits virtually all payments to the Cuban government under the 60-year embargo on the island but MLB argued the Cuban Baseball Federation, which oversees all aspects of the sport on the island, was not formally a part of the Cuban state.”- Fox News
Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who supports the long-standing U.S. embargo to Cuba, called the MLB deal with Communist country “legalized trafficking of persons.”