Yesterday two actions were posted – one routine (Father’s Day Proclamation) and the other not so routine. On the other hand, maybe we will need to start considering the actions taken to undo accomplishments of the Obama era as routine, because we are seeing so many of them.
The controversial action of yesterday was the rollback of some of the provisions in the Obama agreement with Cuba to move toward more normalized relations between the two countries.
In several of the media reports, Marco Rubio (2nd generation Cuban American) is mentioned as a key player behind this action. Even though the memorandum cites two memoranda of President Obama, I find it somewhat interesting this action is just a memorandum rather than an executive order, that might have more legal effect. Perhaps it is because this memorandum is largely about making changes to regulations that require a long process of public reaction time before going into effect.
No matter, the intended goals of this action are not truly in the best interest of the United States or the Cuban people as it claims. Many will be negatively affected by the return of more stringent restrictions on travel, for example.
- National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba
- President Donald J. Trump Proclaims June 18, 2017, as Father’s Day
Memorandum and Proclamation signed June 16, 2017