Bustos Denounces President Trump’s Changes to Cuba Policy

Bustos, who visited Cuba twice, highlights how Trump’s proposal could hurt farmers and manufacturers by undermining economic development and trade potential

MOLINE – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced he is rolling back recent progress between the United States and Cuba:

“Instead of undermining the progress we’ve made in recent years to establish new economic development opportunities with Cuba, President Trump should be working with us to create more good paying jobs by increasing American exports to this emerging market. I’ve been to Cuba twice and I’ve seen firsthand how our farmers and manufacturers could benefit from increased trade and an improved relationship with Cuba. At a time when our heartland’s economy is already struggling, President Trump’s actions today will make it harder for our farmers and entrepreneurs to compete and succeed. By reversing the progress we’ve made with Cuba, President Trump is breaking his promise to grow our economy and create jobs.”

Congresswoman Bustos has twice been to Cuba – first, for a bipartisan trade mission with Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13); and second, as part of President Obama’s historic delegation to Cuba. She has consistently pushed for legislation that would cut red tape facing farmers and manufacturers in Illinois and give Cubans access to standard credit to buy American-made goods.