Trump to announce plan to stop cash flow to Cuban military

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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 20, 2017 8:53 a.m.

    Since I don't shop at Walmart, I'm not funding the Chinese Military. We shouldn't be funding anyone's military but our own. If they want to purchase weapons, fine. Just make them actually pay for them.

    Although on the other side of the coin, allowing companies to do business in Cuba might bring down the regime down there. Give the Cuban people the opportunity to make money and you never know what might happen.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    June 17, 2017 8:35 p.m.

    If Donald Trump had a golf resort outside Havana and a hotel in the city, he would be all for opening access to Cuba expanding Barack Obama's recognition of the communist nation. We have diplomatic relations with China. We have them with Russia. And we have them with many former members of the Soviet Union which remain under authoritarian regimes.

    For Trump, it's all about his business dealings. He still visits his golf resorts in the U.S. after increasing the membership fees by a considerable amount. Who knows what foreign agents have joined to rub shoulders with him on his visits. They walk around. They listen. It's an excellent way to spy on the United States and Trump since he doesn't care who is listening

    And like Jim Chee commented, Trump once sought to establish his hotel and casino business in Cuba hoping the Clinton administration would end the boycott and allow Americans to visit the island once more.

    So don't say his objections to Cuba are ideological. In fact, in his first presidential run, Trump was telling Cuban expatriates one thing while doing something quite different. It's how he works and got the reputation as a sleazy businessman. It's all about himself.

  • Jim Chee Ka'anapali, HI
    June 16, 2017 9:39 p.m.

    Donald Trump loves dictators. It doesn't matter where they are because they give him things he wants. He has no dislike of communists (since he basically has no political or ideological preferences) as we see in his dealings with governments in Eastern Europe and Russia. The only thing that matters is the opportunity to do business.

    So why is he against the Cuban government? Well, he did pander to the Cuban-American community in Florida as one reason. But have we forgotten that Trump sent a Trump Organization consultant to Cuba in 1998 to identify business opportunities for Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, Inc. during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans. More than $68,000 dollars was spent in violation of U.S. prohibitions through a false charity to hide the activity from U.S watchdog agencies.

    If Trump had been successful, he would have financial interests there now and would be full in favor of increasing American tourism on the communist island. In fact, the Trump Organization worked with the Clinton administration to open up Cuba for increased trade and Trump wanted a foothold on the island were they successful.

    Source: Newsweek, September, 29, 2016

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    June 16, 2017 3:42 p.m.

    worf - to Prometheus Platypus, "Any money is too much. "

    So rather than be honest, and admit that we as a nation, didn't give Cuba any money, you continue to deflect.

    This is the problem of the folks defending Trump, their alternative facts just don't hold water.

    American Cuban citizens were allowed to send money back to relatives in Cuba, this doesn't come out of our "taxes" or budget, but hey, don't let that stop you from repeating dishonest stories told on the radio.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    June 16, 2017 3:15 p.m.

    Prometheus Platypus,

    Any money is too much. You don't feed the enemy.

    How do you think North Korea was able to afford their nukes?

    Big difference between Israel and Cuba.

    Isn't it amazing how some low information folks are easily tricked into excepting treason?

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 16, 2017 1:06 p.m.

    It's being called a revised Cuba policy. It appears to be reactive to Obama’s new Cuba policy which Trump harshly criticized during the campaign. I guess he needs to leave his imprint on anything Obama. I’m not much impressed. This Administration announced a 12 billion dollar arms sale to Qatar just days after Trump accused Qatar of supporting terrorism. Who knows what he'll say tomorrow?

  • Frank K Phoenix, AZ
    June 16, 2017 1:08 p.m.

    You're right FT from Salt Lake

    Senator Marco Rubio is the happiest man on Earth today, he wishes the worst to Cuba and its people while overlooking the fact that women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive or try clothes on in store changing rooms. The commercial embargo and flying restrictions will always work against the people of Cuba. Is this Senator Rubio and Donald Trump's calling in life, to undo everything that President Obama did?

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    June 16, 2017 12:32 p.m.

    He doesn't hold the Saudi's to the same criteria on human rights and political prisoners. Another black mark internationally for our country by the Trump administration.

  • Frank K Phoenix, AZ
    June 16, 2017 12:10 p.m.

    Latin American citizens have experienced the intervention of the US in their affairs for ever, this new attack on Cuba is nothing new. Cuba is a great example of a government working for its people, providing healthcare and education for all. Instead of stirring all bad feeling from Latin Americans towards these imperialist moves the US government should focus on the poor and solving our own social problems. We just have to visit rural Kentucky, this is a state that President Trump should intervene in, spend a few million dollars there, creating jobs and caring for the poor.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    June 16, 2017 11:51 a.m.

    worf -said: "One reason our deficit never got balanced as promised."

    Would you do us all a favor and report how much money the US government gave or loaned to Cuba?

    worf said: - "Sad. We gave money to North Korea, Iran, Muslim Brotherhood, and now Cuba."

    Several falsehood in one sentence, how....Trump. Once again can you give me a number for what we gave to Cuba?

    We are giving 38 Billion to Israel to spend on weapons, but that's alway OK, right?

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    June 16, 2017 10:31 a.m.

    This will allow Russia take full control of Cuba. Russia has started reconstruction of the Air Force bases and Military facilities at a price of 1 billion dollars in Cuba.

    Trump is falling right in line with Putin's plan.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    June 16, 2017 9:05 a.m.

    And Bernie loves Cuba too.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 16, 2017 8:23 a.m.

    This will sure put Cuba in its place, won't it?

  • worf McAllen, TX
    June 16, 2017 12:14 a.m.

    Sad.

    We gave money to North Korea, Iran, Muslim Brotherhood, and now Cuba.

    And some folks are upset with Trump eating two scoops of ice cream.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    June 15, 2017 11:47 p.m.

    Isn't this cruel of Trump. Taking money away from the Cuban military.

    A kinder president would sneak millions into Iran, and billions to the Muslim Brotherhood while supplying guns to drug cartels.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    June 15, 2017 11:38 p.m.

    One reason our deficit never got balanced as promised.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    June 15, 2017 9:15 p.m.

    Rational? Sure seems that way to me. I would guess Obama, Hillary and the Castro family would object.