Cuba pol­icy to be ‘re­versed’

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

AT HIS con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing, for­mer ExxonMo­bil chief ex­ec­u­tive Rex Tiller­son said he would re­verse, or com­pre­hen­sively re­view, for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ex­ec­u­tive or­ders and con­ces­sions on Cuba.

“There will be a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of cur­rent poli­cies and (Obama’s) ex­ec­u­tive or­ders re­gard­ing Cuba to de­ter­mine how best to pres­sure Cuba to re­spect hu­man rights and pro­mote demo­cratic changes,” he said, adding he would even com­mit to “re­verse” them if he was con­firmed.

While Tiller­son still needs to be con­firmed by the full Se­nate, he was con­firmed by a Se­nate com­mit­tee on Mon­day. Be­side the pre­text of “hu­man rights,” the likely sec­re­tary of state high­lighted how he would pres­sure Cuba to serve US eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests.

Tiller­son promised he would work with the Trea­sury Depart­ment to en­sure that no rev­enue from US firms went di­rectly to­wards sup­port­ing the Cuban gov­ern­ment, and would use trade to pres­sure Cuba to have Black Pan­ther ac­tivist Joanne Ch­es­i­mard, or As­sata Shakur, ex­tra­dited to the US.

Shakur was ac­cused of killing a US po­lice of­fi­cer in a 1977 shootout.


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