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Has the Biden administration communicated its reasoning for maintaining the embargo against Cuba?

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Jul 22, 2021 09:23 PM 0 Answers
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The US currently has a trade embargo against Cuba, which has been in the news recently due to protests against the latter's government.

During the Trump administration, these sanctions were tightened. The Biden administration has continued this policy, including maintaining the enhanced sanctions. As Foreign Policy magazine notes:

As a candidate, Biden pledged to reverse Trump’s hawkish sanctions-led policies, arguing “the crackdown on Cubans by the regime has gotten worse under Trump, not better.” Yet, a half-year into his administration, as on so many issues from Afghanistan to trade, Biden’s policies are effectively a continuation of Trump’s.

That said:

  • The embargo is relatively unpopular with Americans. A majority opposed it the last time Gallup polled it, in 2015, with some evidence of an upward trend. Based on statements from Democratic politicians, it seems likely that opposition is higher within the Democratic Party.

  • Even a slight majority of Cuban-Americans opposed the embargo as of the most recent poll I could find (admittedly, not a very recent one).

  • As noted in the article, as a candidate, Biden was opposed to at least the enhanced sanctions.

Further, the Democratic Party currently enjoys a majority in Congress with Vice President Harris's tie-breaking vote, so Republican opposition is relatively unimportant.

Given that the policy appears to be unpopular with his party, unpopular with the country as a whole, and something that Biden himself is opposed to, it seems noteworthy that Biden has continued both the original embargo and the enhanced sanctions imposed by the Trump administration.

Has Biden indicated his reasoning in any statements or interviews, or is there any other evidence as to why he is pursuing this policy?

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