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The Trump administration takes steps to designate Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism in the coming days


(CNN) — The #Trump administration will take steps to designate #Cuba as a #Terrorism #Sponsor #State in the coming days as a last-minute effort to create roadblocks for the incoming #Biden administration, which is likely to pursue warmer ties with #Havana.

A senior administration official told CNN that #Secretary of #State #Mike #Pompeo is expected to make the appointment in the next few days. A second official confirmed that discussions are underway, although the timing is uncertain.

The move is one of a series of bold initiatives the #Trump administration is taking in its attempt to make a lasting mark on the country’s foreign policy just three weeks before #President #Donald #Trump leaves office.

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MIRA: The #New #York #Times: #Pompeo will consider designating #Cuba as a sponsor of terrorism

#Currently, only three other nations carry the US designation of sponsors of terrorism: #Iran, #North #Korea and #Syria. #Sudan was recently removed from the list as part of its agreement to normalize ties with #Israel.

#Such a designation would impose restrictions on US foreign aid, a ban on defense exports and sales, certain controls on exports, and various financial restrictions. #It would also lead to sanctions against people and countries that carry out certain commercial activities with #Cuba.

The #New #York #Times was the first to report that #Pompeo was considering the appointment.
#President-elect #Joe #Biden said during his campaign that if elected, “he will quickly reverse #Trump’s failed policies that have inflicted harm on the #Cuban people and have done nothing to promote democracy and human rights.”

#Cuba reacts

#Cuban #Foreign #Minister #Bruno #Rodríguez “denounced” on #Wednesday that the #Trump administration is considering designating #Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism in the coming days.

“I denounce the maneuvers of #Secretary of #State #Pompeo to include #Cuba in the list of #States sponsors of terrorism to please the anti-Cuban minority in #Florida. The #United #States grants refuge and impunity to terrorist groups that act against #Cuba from that territory, ”he wrote on #Twitter.



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##Trump #administration #takes #steps #designate ##Cuba #state #sponsor #terrorism #coming #days

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