UPDATED 7:11 PM PST — Thurs. Nov. 8, 2018
Members of Congress meet in Cuba’s capital to discuss easing trade relations with the U.S.
A two day conference kicked off in Havana Thursday, where a delegation of lawmakers and businessmen met with Cuba’s agricultural ministry and looked at ways to expand Cuba’s market to American farm products.
Cuba’s government called on the incoming Democrat majority in the House to take measures to ease trade restrictions.
Republican congressman Rick Crawford says any trade deal with Cuba would need a bipartisan approach.
“That’s going to be entirely up to them and their leadership (New Democratic majority in the United States Congress),” said Crawford. If they choose to take a positive direction and focus on issues, versus focusing on taking punitive action against the Trump administration it will be up to them to determine. What we have been told, is they want to take a bipartisan approach. Time will tell.”
Cuba’s government added it hopes the so-called “normalization process” started in 2014 will continue, though it’s seen recent push back following the Trump administration’s criticism of Cuba’s socialist government.
A potential $1.5 billion trade deal hangs in the balance, amid an ongoing trade embargo placed on Cuba in the 1950’s.