June 16, 2017

Kaine Statement On President Trump's Rollback Of U.S. Policy Towards Cuba

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on President Trump’s announcement reversing U.S. policy towards Cuba:  

“President Trump’s announcement of measures that reverse U.S. policy towards Cuba is a step backwards for U.S. leadership in the Western Hemisphere.  U.S. engagement with Cuba through diplomacy, business, travel, and people-to-people ties is critical to advancing our interests and values, including respect for human rights. The normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations has also created valuable economic and trade opportunities for U.S. businesses, including businesses in Virginia. I’m disappointed that the Trump Administration has chosen to embrace a policy of isolation over engagement, which failed in previous decades and risks further Russian and Chinese influence in our backyard.”