Journalists at an April 4 Miami conference voiced the unanimous opinion that the future Cuban policies of the Trump Administration were uncertain.
This is not a surprising opinion due to the failure of the Administration to appoint senior State Department officials under new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the proposed large reductions in the Department’s budget for the next fiscal year, the overall disarray within the Administration and its preoccupation with other issues. In short, Cuba is not high on the Administration’s list of priorities.
In the meantime, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control apparently is continuing to grant licenses to U.S. companies to operate on the island and to contract with Cuban state enterprises.
At least this uncertainty and continuation of OFAC licensing is better than a return to overt U.S. hostility towards Cuba as has been suggested by President Trump himself and by some of the people involved in the Trump transition and Administration.
 Hernandez, Panel: Relations between Cuba, U.S. remain uncertain under Trump, Miami Herald (Apr. 4, 2017).
 Torres, Trump administration continues to issue OFAC licenses authorizing business with Cuba, Miami Herald (April 4, 2017).
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Uncertainty About U.S. Policies Regarding Cuba Still Reigns Amid Competitive Lobbying
A Miami Herald article provides details about current competitive lobbying the Trump Administration to change or keep the Obama Administration’s normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba. But there is still uncertainty over what will happen.
Torres, Marco Rubio: ‘Trump will treat Cuba like the dictatorship it is, Miami Herald (Apr. 5, 2017), http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article142898404.html