LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL: HELLER ALONG ON OBAMA’S HISTORIC TRIP TO CUBA
Sen. Dean Heller on Monday was in Cuba along with other members of Congress and business leaders as part of President Barack Obama’s historic trip to the island nation. He was one of eight senators on the visit along with 31 house representatives and various business leaders. Heller has voiced support for re-establishing diplomatic relations but believes concerns surrounding basic freedoms and human rights issues in Cuba must be addressed before full bilateral relations can be achieved.
Las Vegas Sun: U.S.-Cuba ties could be boon for Las Vegas
President Barack Obama’s December 2014 order to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba sparked speculation that resort companies in Las Vegas and elsewhere could get new opportunities to expand to the island nation. But then came Donald Trump, and with him came uncertainty about the future of U.S.-Cuba relations. “The policy that Obama launched of normalization is up for grabs,” said Ted Piccone, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who has studied Cuba extensively. “And the key factors are whether the powers that be in Washington can reconcile their very competing points of view on this issue.
According to the US Census, there are more than 20,000 locals of Cuban descent, each with their own perspective on the history that is unfolding. Some are rather supportive of the move but wished for the engagement to take place under a free Cuba, without the oppressive Communist regime.
Las Vegas Sun: Nevada politicians, advocate react to shift in Cuba policy
Nevada’s reaction to President Obama’s announcement on re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba has been mixed. Some expressed concern over Obama’s efforts to weaken the country’s embargo against Cuba, while others responded with elation over the release of American Alan Gross, who was imprisoned in Cuba for five years.