Placing Cuba, a country whose doctors risk their lives around the world fighting Covid-19, on a list of “terror sponsors” is as ludicrous as saying Trump loves peace. Tell the Biden administration to remove Cuba from the list!
Just days from leaving office (finally!), the Trump administration lashed out at a target they have repeatedly hammered in four years: the Cuban people. This time it was by adding Cuba to the list of state sponsors of terror — a move that will take months to undo for the incoming Biden administration.
It’s not a given that the Biden team will even address this, so we must begin to pressure them now. Removing Cuba from this list is a process that should begin on day one of the new administration.
The Trump administration is acting in bad faith and attempting to end any sort of reconciliation between the U.S. and Cuba before it can even begin. Cuba was removed from this list in 2015 as part of President Obama’s rapprochement with the island nation and it was widely acknowledged at the time that there was no basis for its inclusion. Secretary Pompeo claims that Cuba harbors Colombian guerillas, but that’s a wild mischaracterization — Cuba actually hosted peace talks between the Colombian government and guerillas. To read more about the Trump administration’s flimsy justifications, check out this article written by Medea and Leonardo.
Placing Cuba on the list of state sponsors of terror will have immediate and harmful impacts on the Cuban people. It caps off a four-year period of a “maximum pressure” campaign that has affected travel, remittances, energy and healthcare, among others. We know that this has little to do with Cuba and a lot to do with politics, lobbies and campaign fundraising. We can’t let the Trump administration get away with destroying the progress made in U.S. - Cuba relations during the Obama administration.
We’ll present this petition to the Biden transition team and update those who sign once we get a response. CODEPINK has been working with ACERE (Alliance for Cuba Engagement and Respect) and solidarity groups to ensure that the Biden administration makes reconciliation with Cuba top priority. As always, we remain committed to peace and full diplomatic relations between our countries.
Medea, Teri, Michelle and Leonardo