President Obama’s easing of travel and some economic restrictions with the Communist regime in Cuba may be short-lived now that President-elect Donald Trump inches loser to being sworn in as the next President of the United States.Trump’s very hard line position against the Castro regime during the 2016 presidential election cycle garnered him the much-needed Cuban-American vote, which helped him win the state of Florida.
One of Trump’s earliest and most loyal supporters, Florida Governor Rick Scott, has always been opposed to lifting the U.S.-Cuba embargo, and to resume trade with the oppressive government of Fidel Castro.
Now that Fidel Castro is dead, many politicians think that his death signals an opportunity for Americans to impose their way of life upon the Cuban people, but some like Governor Scott, who is “hopeful” for Cuba, still believes that the U.S. should not trade with Cuba until the oppression ends.
During an interview with The Shark Tank in his Tallahassee, Florida office, Scott was asked what he wanted to see come out of the upcoming 2017 legislative session.
Scott jokingly said, “It’s probably going to be about jobs,” citing that his administration has already put forth a “5% pay raise for all law enforcement,” and he continues to want to “reduce taxes and fees.”Scott’s response that he wanted to “focus on things that work” like the ports, which have seen a “significant increase in trade,” was a perfect segway into asking him about any possible future trade between Florida and Cuba.
I would focus on democracies. We do more trade with democracies. Their economies seem to grow. When you don’t have a democracy, your economy doesn’t grow much.
Reiterating his focus of only dealing with countries who have democracies, Scott pointed that Florida’s ports have benefited from the expansion of the Panama Canal, helping with increasing trade with the U.S.-friendly Democratic trading partner countries of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia.
I’d spend my time where I thought there would be growth. Focus efforts on places where there will be more grow.
Scott pressed on, saying he believes “nothing is going to change until Raul is gone,” adding that Castro government’s has failed, and “until they have a political system that’s going to promote the economy,” the Cuban economy will continue to stay “stagnant.”
Cuba’s economy was “stagnant” throughout Fidel Castro’s rule in Cuba. Economies, when you have Democracy, they grow.
Raul Castro was part of his brothers regime where they have killed a lot of people. Nothing is going to change until Raul is gone.-Gov. Rick Scott