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If US President Donald Trump reverses the policy toward Cuba adopted by his predecessor, Barack Obama (2009-2017), he will further isolate the United States and harm his business interests, the New York Times reported today.

Through an editorial published Monday, the newspaper lamented that the long list of the main initiatives of Obama that the current president is obsessed with reversing, could be added the approach to the Caribbean island.

In 2014, Obama opened a dialogue with Cuba after more than half a century of inflexible hostility, which led to relief of sanctions, but Trump promised in his campaign to return to a tougher approach, the paper recalled.

According to the publication, the opening to the Caribbean territory has allowed a freer flow of people, goods and information between the two countries; And produced bilateral agreements on issues such as sanitary cooperation, mitigation of oil spills and fight against drug trafficking.

Obama’s approach also encouraged Latin American countries to be more receptive to the United States as partners in resolving regional issues, the Times said.

At the same time, the newspaper cited a recent analysis led by the coalition Engage Cuba, which estimated that a reversal of the previous administration’s policies towards Cuba would cost the US economy six thousand six hundred million dollars and would affect more than twelve thousand Jobs in this nation.

That group, which promotes the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington on the island more than half a century ago, predicted that the most affected areas will be rural communities that depend on agriculture, manufacturing and shipping industries.

The potentially worst-hit territories would include Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, who supported Trump in the 2016 election.

According to the Times, as with its decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord against climate change, a reversal of the stance toward Cuba would reflect Trump’s cowardly desire to favor its political base, in this case visceral opposed Florida conservative Republicans To the Cuban Revolution.

That could help him be re-elected in 2020, but it would not help anyone else, the paper said.

 

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