Since taking office in January, President Trump has been relentlessly pursuing the policies he promised voters. To fulfill much of those promises, he would also have to take aim at several disastrous Obama-era policies. If the country is to get back on track, much of the last 8 years will have to be erased in the process.
President Trump has wasted little time dismantling the Obama legacy. He’s pushed Congress for tax and healthcare reform that would undo years of damage done by the previous administration. Where Congress has been slow to act, he has used his executive authority. On issues from climate change to regulations, one Obama policy after another has been done away with in a matter of months.
Even as Democrats continue to push the “Russian collusion” narrative, Trump shows no signs of slowing down. Fresh off of a successful overseas trip, the president is hitting the ground running back home. And one of the first things on his agenda for the coming days is the elimination of another major Obama policy.
From the Hill:
President Donald Trump plans on reversing a set of policies softening relations with Cuba, according to a report from The Daily Caller.
The U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, a non-partisan group, said the Trump administration is preparing to announce the changes to Obama-era policies in a June speech in Miami, according to the Daily Caller.
The report cites two unnamed sources who said a bipartisan trio of senators — Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) — pushed for the reversal.
Despite Obama’s push to soften relations with Cuba, Congress has been fiercely opposed:
Obama, who became the first U.S. president to visit Cuba in almost a century last year, put in motion a series of policies to thaw relations with the Communist island nation, which had been a strategic burden throughout the Cold War.
While Obama was able to soften regulation on some kinds of trade, business and travel, Congress has refused to lift the 57-year-old embargo.
With Trump now in office, he can simply reverse the executive decisions made by the previous administration.
Former President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba drew bipartisan opposition, including fierce condemnation from GOP presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. The two candidates, both of Cuban descent, accused the president of propping up an oppressive regime with foreign money.
With nothing standing in his way, President Trump looks poised to reverse Obama’s new policy. If he does, the move would return the U.S. to its traditional approach to communist island nation.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]