During the campaign trail, President Trump affirmed that he would undo the rapprochement between President Obama and the United States and Cuba. While no effort has yet been made in order to focus on issues dealing with immigration reform and national security, Florida Governor Rick Scott is offering to help the Trump administration with renegotiating the relationship between both countries.
Speaking on the matter, Governor Scott explained that he’s “been very vocal that Raúl Castro does not believe in democracy and freedom and things like that. I don’t believe it’s good for our country to be coddling a dictator like that. So I’m going to work with the Trump administration on what’s the right policy.”
The Governor is hopeful that work will be done to cut ties with Cuba, but he didn’t specify the approach that would be taken by the Trump administration. He only said that his “impression is they’re working on what they are going to do, so I don’t want to second-guess what they’re going to do. I want to be helpful.”
Having a hard line position on US/Cuban policy, Governor Scott was against lifting the embargo and trading with Cuba because of the oppressive Castro regime. Trump’s similar hard line policy drew a much needed Cuban-American vote from the battleground state of Florida. With a speculated 2018 Senate run and just having been named Vice-chairman of the RGA, Governor Scott looks to be involved as ever to make the proper changes he deems fit in Florida and in the United States.