Following President Trump's Cuba announcement in Miami last Friday, Republican Members of Congress came out opposing President Trump's directive to tighten regulations on U.S. travel to and trade with Cuba. A list of Republican opposition to President Trump's Cuba policy is available below.
On the eve of the announcement, a coalition of conservative advocacy organizations led by Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, urged the President against a potential reversal of current Cuba policies. On June 12, we released a Morning Consult poll showing that 6 in 10 Republican voters across the country support expanded travel to and trade with Cuba.
GOP Members of Congress Statements Opposing Trump's Cuba Policy:
U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ):
“Any policy change that diminishes the ability of Americans to travel freely to Cuba is not in the best interests of the United States or the Cuban people." Full statement available here.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY):
"Already Cubans are seeing an uptick in their standard of living from their trade with us. I think it's a mistake to go backwards."
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR):
"...But a return to embargo-like policies is the wrong approach. We ran this play over and over again for 50 years & results have not changed. By rolling back reforms that have benefited U.S. citizens, everyday Cubans and our economy, we are taking a step backward, not forward." Full statement available here.
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS):
“...putting America first means exporting what we produce to countries across the globe. Cuba is a natural market for our nation’s farmers and ranchers, and when we don’t sell to Cuba, another country does. In addition, increased engagement with the United States empowers the Cuban people.” Full statement available here.
U.S. Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN):
“I am extremely disappointed with President Trump’s announcement he is going to ‘roll back’ the progress made in improving our relationship with Cuba....With today’s directive, the Administration is limiting our opportunities to improve the human rights and religious liberties of the Cuban people, not expanding them." Full statement available here.
U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR):"I strongly oppose President Trump’s decision to reinstate a failed, outdated, and isolationist posture towards Cuba...This policy shift also poses an unjustifiable risk to our national security, as further U.S. disengagement opens up opportunities for countries like Iran, Russia, North Korea, and China to gain influence on an island 90 miles off our coast." Full statement available here.
U.S. Representative Ted Poe (R-TX):“Today’s announcement on Cuba sets the U.S. back to the failed policies of the past...The new policy changes do not punish Cuba, they hurt Americans, American enterprise, and American values." Full statement available here.
U.S. Representative Justin Amash (R-MI):
".@POTUS's Cuba policy is not about human rights or security. If it were, then why is he dancing with the Saudis and selling them weapons?"
U.S. Representative Mark Sanford (R-NC):
Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) told CNN as Trump announced the new measures. “We’re not the Soviet Union. We don’t have to have ‘travel papers’ for the government to decide whether or not you can travel.”
U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL):
"We have millions of Cubans 90 miles off the coast that need access to our food that is grown right here in central Illinois," Rep. Davis told Fox News Illinois. "That's why I am opposed to President Trump's new policy on Cuba."