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Trump’s Cuba Sanctions Are a Mistake

Tightening the failed embargo will push Havana into the arms of Beijing and Moscow.

President Donald Trump’s decision last month to increase sanctions on Cuba represents a strategic error with serious long-term repercussions for U.S. national security.

Efforts to tighten the screws at this tenuous moment will not only alienate U.S. partners in the Western Hemisphere and Europe, harm U.S. businesses, and strangle Cuba’s emerging private sector, but also undermine U.S. interests in the very area the Trump administration to prioritize: great power competition. By exacerbating the economic downturn in Cuba, Trump and his ideologically driven national security advisors are pushing

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