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Senator Rubio Says “Trump Will Treat Cuba like the Dictatorship It Is”

By: Mamela Fiallo - Apr 5, 2017, 1:47 pm
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Senator Marco Rubio assured that he has spoken about Cuba with President Trump on three occasions and that they are working on the issue “behind closed doors” (Flickr).

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After President Donald Trump’s administration formally announced that he will review current United States policy towards Cuba, none of the president’s advisers appear to have been briefed on the subject. If there is anyone who has discussed the topic with Trump, it is Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

“We have been reviewing all these issues with the president and his team, trying to take the right steps at the right time. I am sure that President Trump will treat Cuba as the dictatorship it is, and that our future policy will reflect the fact that it is not the the United States’ national interest to do business with the Cuban armed forces.”

 

 

In an interview with Cuban journalist Oscar Haza, Rubio said that he has already spoken to the US president about the issue on three occasions and that he and his team “have been working behind the scenes on Cuban policy. There have been more public statements about Venezuela lately, simply because of all the activity related to the OAS.”

However, the Republican senator did not say whether or not he has received guarantees from Trump’s government about the expected changes in policies towards Cuba.

Marco Rubio’s participation on the issue during the Trump administration has been significant and the Cuban government has taken note, so much so that he has been bashed by the state-owned newspaper Granma because of his participation in shaping Venezuelan policy. He has been subject to nearly as many attacks in that forum as President Trump.

Senator Rubio, who recently won reelection to another six year term, is of Cuban heritage, and is popular with south Florida’s large Cuban community, which tends to back the GOP.

Source: El Nuevo Herald

Mamela Fiallo Mamela Fiallo

Mamela Fiallo Flor is a translator for the PanAm Post. A university professor, translator, and interpreter, she is the cofounder of the Cuban Libertarian Party.

Peruvian President Thanks Trump for Humanitarian Aid, in Wake of Massive Flooding

By: Karina Martín - Apr 5, 2017, 1:00 pm
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Español Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) said he was grateful to his US counterpart, Donald Trump, for his help during the floods that have devastated Peru. PPK said that Trump called him to offer his help during the massive rains, floods, and landslides that have dramatically affected the north of the country. Read More: Venezuelan Government Ships Food to Peruvian Flood Victims despite Own Hunger Crisis Read More: Peru Backs OAS Democratic Charter Effort to Sanction Venezuelan Regime Likewise, PPK stated that just as he requested, the Republican president will send two Hercules cargo planes that will arrive on the night of Wednesday April 5. https://twitter.com/ppkamigo/status/849455047251505152 "I asked him for two Hercules cargo planes, which will arrive tonight. Thank you USA and President Donald Trump for your help." The United States has already sent ten helicopters and one plane to work in the areas of the country most affected by the damage. In addition, the US government collaborated with USD $1.5 million. According to a statement issued by the White House on Monday, April 3, Trump also offered his condolences "for the recent tragic loss of life and for the devastation in Peru due to floods and landslides." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   In Peru, the non-stop rainfall has left a total of 106 people dead, 9 missing, 353 injured, 140,000 with serious material losses and at least 960,000 affected, so far. Local authorities estimate that the storms and landslides have damaged 205,640 homes. The embassies of Peru and its consulates worldwide, published information regarding how to make contributions for the civilians affected by the catastrophe. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a list of 35 countries where economic support is being collected. The South American countries included are Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina. But nations across Europe and North America are also participating. Heavy rains in South America were also the cause of the recent devastating flooding and landslides in Mocoa, Putumayo, located in southwestern Colombia. Sources: El Comercio; Perú21

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