Trump restricts U.S. travel to Cuba and Florida responds


The Trump administration announced this morning that it would be restricting US travel to Cuba by banning group tours and cruise ship port calls in an effort to “restrict non-family travel to Cuba in order to hold the Cuban regime accountable for its repression of the Cuban people and its support of the Maduro regime in Venezuela.”

The State Department released a statement, adding that “veiled tourism has served to line the pockets of the Cuban military, the very same people supporting Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela and repressing the Cuban people on the island.”

Steve Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary, detailed that the restrictions “will help to keep U.S. dollars out of the hands of the Cuban military, intelligence, and security services.” Calling Cuba “destabilizing,” Mnuchin added that Cuba is also guilty of “in the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region and propping up U.S. adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua.”

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In response to the new restrictions, Senator Rick Scott (R) applauded the Trump administration’s decision, slamming Cuba for continuing “to be the most powerful force propping up Nicolas Maduro as he starves and kills his own people.”

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Senator Scott further detailed that “the Cuban Regime is a willing and active participant in Maduro’s genocide.”

Because of this, “the United States is right to take every action possible to cut off ties with Cuba.”

Senator Scott praised “President Trump for taking this important step to restrict U.S. travel to Cuba” because “money spent in Cuba goes directly to the Castro Regime and helps keep Maduro and his brutal regime in power.”

Ultimately, the Senator argued that “limiting the flow of money to Cuba is critical to freeing Venezuela and protecting the national security of the United States.”

With socialism permeating through the 2020 Presidential election in the United States, the move is seen cementing the hard-line stance that the Trump administration takes in rejecting the political ideology.

Daniel Molina was the Opinion Editor of his high school’s newspaper, and he was also Editor-in-Chief of Miami Dade College’s Urbana literary and arts magazine wherein he also won the 2013 FCSAA Best Fiction Story in the State of Florida Award. He’s currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in English Literature. Hobbies in his free time include reading, writing and watching films and basketball.