Another Democrat visits Cuba
By Silvio Canto, Jr.
Governor John Hickenlooper (D) of Colorado spent a few days in Cuba. He
spoke about doing business with Cuba but not about human rights. This
is a summary of his visit:
The governor of Colorado said on Sunday he believes the Cuban government
wants to further improve relations with the United States under
President Donald Trump, as he wrapped up a three-day visit to the
Communist-run island nation.
"They seemed eager for the chance to build a relationship with President
Trump and have it be a constructive one," Governor John Hickenlooper, a
Democrat, said of his meeting with Cuba's point person for U.S.
relations, Josefina Vidal.
He said in an interview that Vidal, director of U.S. affairs at the
Cuban foreign ministry, and other foreign ministry officials "were
"They realize they have to wait and that the new administration has a
lot of things going on. They understand things could change in some
ways, but I didn't sense there was any fear or some sort of depression,"
the governor said.
Hickenlooper, who traveled with a cultural and business delegation, was
the highest-ranking elected U.S. official to meet with Vidal since Trump
assumed office last month. Trump has said he wanted a better deal than
that brokered by his predecessor, Barack Obama.
On Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said a "full review"
of America's foreign policy toward Cuba was underway.
Hickenlooper then said he didn't doubt that many innocent people were
hurt in the early years of the revolution. He followed that by saying
that most of those involved had passed away.
Really? I would love to tell Governor Hickenlooper that my mom, and my
father's cousin, who spent 14 years in a political prison, are alive.
There are lots of former political prisoners living in the U.S. And
the repression in Cuba has not changed much, either, as we saw
in the recent mistreatment of "Las Damas en Blanco," the ladies dressed
in white who march every Sunday.
We hope President Trump reviews this misguided U.S.-Cuba policy. This
is the same Castro regime we've all known for years.
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