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Video: A View from Capitol Hill on U.S.-Cuba Relations with Rep. Tom Emmer

Monday, February 13, 2017

Speakers:

  • Tom Emmer, U.S. Representative (R-MN)
  • Alana Tummino, Senior Director of Policy and Head of AS/COA Cuba Working Group (interviewer)

Congressman Tom Emmer introduced the Cuba Trade Act in 2015 to lift the U.S. embargo on Cuba. In this conversation with AS/COA's Alana Tummino, Emmer talks about the current vibe in Washington after the election of President Donald Trump. "Within the U.S. Senate, there is still strong bipartisan support" to lift the embargo, he said. The Republican lawmaker from Minnesota stressed it was critical to move forward with relations, especially after Fidel Castro's November 2016 passing and the impending 2018 election in which President Raúl Castro will step down.