Did congressmen from South Florida accomplish what they wanted with new Cuba policy?

The clock is now running on the new rolled-back rules for business and travel with Cuba.  

Two South Florida lawmakers were instrumental in getting President Donald Trump to take a harder line toward the Castro government.  

But did they accomplish what they wanted?  

Frank Mora, the director of the Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University, said no.

That’s because while the president announced  full reversal of U.S.-Cuban relations, in practice, what he did - was not.

"Compared to what we were expecting, what Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Miami) want (and what) the president said during the campaign," Mora said. "It's not even close to that."

The new Cuba policy, steered by  Diaz-Balart  and Sen. Marco Rubio (R- Fla).

The policy still allows U.S. air and cruise business and diplomatic relations, and lets Cuban-Americans travel and send money to family members.  

Mora was recently behind a report studying tourism in Cuba that noted much of President Barack Obama's openings were still in place.  

"This president is an incredibly transactional president.  I'll give you something, you have to give me something in return," Mora said.

Opponents allege Rubio scaled back criticism of the  president and possible Russia ties in return for a tough stance on Cuba.

Others allege Diaz-Balart's concession was voting for the president's Obamacare repeal, against his constituents' wishes.

He responded Monday with the statement "It is my duty to advocate for the issues that are important to my constituents, and i will not apologize for using every available avenue to effectively resolve them."

Diaz-Balart was the one who proposed a full reversal, a total reversal.  And now he's accepting much less than he proposed to the president.


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