Coalition Urges Trump not to Reverse Cooperation with Cuba


We wanted to let you know that before we begin to change the normalization policy of President Obama, do a study, a re-evaluation , that for now does not take action, " Andrew Otazo,executive director of the Cuba Study Group , one of 17 organizations Who signed the letter with the order to Trump.

He added that "we are sure that he will see that it is the best policy for the United States and for the people of Cuba."

The letter, which was delivered in person to Trump's transitional government officials whose names were not revealed, represents an effort by groups that are in favor of lifting the economic embargo on Cuba so that Trump reconsiders his electoral promises when he assumes power this week.

The letter was revealed a few days after Rex Tillerson, the president-elect's candidate to become secretary of state, criticized the normalization of diplomatic relations with the island and said the next government would thoroughly review Obama's policy toward Cuba.

Other groups have urged Trump to reverse that policy.

In the letter the organizations stressed that the continuation of the policy of cooperation with Cuba "is the best way to support the Cuban population and increase US jobs and exports."

Among other benefits, they also mentioned the provision of funds for the incipient private sector of the island and the greater access to information through the Internet by the Cuban population.

Among the effects of a reversal of cooperation are the "unnecessary risks to national security, border security" and interest in "protecting the human rights of the Cuban people," according to the letter.

The letter is also signed by the Americas / Council of the Americas, the US-Cuba Business Council and the Center for Democracy in the Americas, among other organizations, and is endorsed by experts such as Richard Feinberg, professor of University of California, San Diego.

In the last installment of his campaign for the presidency, Trump promised to reverse the Obama-led approach to the island that restored diplomatic relations and alleviated trade and travel restrictions.

His words have been well received by the most conservative Cuban-American sectors of Miami's exile, who are in favor of the return of the hard-line policy towards the island and of maintaining the economic embargo.

Those who support the melting of relationships, on the other hand, fear that Trump's policy represents a setback in time.