Heller Approves Obama Approach To Cuban Travel

Posted: 30-Mar-16 15:00

U.S. Senator Dean Heller said on Thursday that he welcomed President Barack Obama taking the first steps towards lifting the Cuban-American travel embargo. Accompanying the President on a recent trip to the island nation, the Nevada Republican also revealed that he thought there was no reason why the U.S. should not have an economic understanding with Cuba in the future.

Heller Approves Obama Approach To Cuban Travel

Having been part of the U.S. delegation that travelled with President Barack Obama to Cuba earlier this month, Senator Dean Heller welcomed the head of state’s efforts to improve international relations and lift the long-standing travel embargo between the two countries.

Heller, a Nevada Republican, said that he had an open mind towards policy on working with Cuban people, stating:

“They are actually wonderful people. In this case, opening up travel between the two countries, I support it. Full diplomatic relationships at this point, I am still taking a look at it.”

The U.S. Senator also revealed that he was in attendance when President Obama made his historic speech to the Cuban people and noted that most of those in the audience kept their eyes on Cuban President, Raul Castro, for cues on when they should applaud and when they should remain quiet.

Straight-Talking Senator

Heller also made a point of stressing that he was not merely paying lip-service to the President by praising his efforts at diplomacy, but genuinely believed in the changes that Obama was arguing for.

“I think his [Obama’s] comments were right on,” Heller said. “I’ve always said that when I think the President is right, I will support him and when I don’t I won’t. It was the same with President Bush.”

Although Obama’s address is just one small step to healing a relationship with Cuba that has remained fractured for some 50 years, many prominent political figures like Heller recognise the beneficial aspects that improved trade and tourism links with the country will bring in the future.

They will no doubt have plenty more to say on the matter in the summer, when commercial airline routes between the two countries are set to be re-opened for the first time since the 1950s.


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