Executives for the nonprofit advocacy group Engage Cuba, one of whom has taken credit for leading an “under-the-radar” $3 million national campaign to convince the Obama administration “to reform” U.S.-Cuba relations, are listed as registered agents of a for-profit travel service that shares the initials of the non-profit firm.
President Donald Trump issued a harsh rebuke of the Obama administration’s dealings with the communist regime in Cuba, pledging to put the interests of the Cuban people first and work to end repression on the island as he recasts America’s relationship with its government.
“Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” he said Friday in a speech in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood surrounded by Cuban-American supporters and prominent Cuban dissidents.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading a coalition of 16 states in support of President Trump’s travel ban targeting six Muslim majority countries, accused courts that halted the executive order of a hypocritical interpretation of the president’s role in determining who enters the country.
The Trump administration needs to significantly rebuild and expand law enforcement agencies’ ability to target and take down terrorist financing networks after President Obama systematically disbanded the work in an attempt to ease relations with Iran for the nuclear deal, according to former senior U.S. officials with decades of experience in the field.
The Obama administration “systematically disbanded” law enforcement investigative units across the federal government focused on disrupting Iranian, Syrian, and Venezuelan terrorism financing networks out of concern the work could cause friction with Iranian officials and scuttle the nuclear deal with Iran, according to a former U.S. official who spent decades dismantling terrorist financial networks.