Outspoken Critic of President Obama's Cuba Policies Named to
President-Elect Trump's Transition Team
One of the toughest critics of President Barack Obama's efforts to
restore relations with Cuba will now be working to help the transition
team for the next Commander-in-Chief.
Mauricio Claver-Carone, the executive director of the U.S.-Cuba
Democracy Political Action Committee, was named by President-elect
Donald Trump as a member of the group that will help map strategy and
policy for when Trump takes the oath of office January 20th.
USCD PAC says they are a non-partisan group promoting the transition in
Cuba toward human rights and the rule of law. Claver-Carone will work on
the transition team for the Treasury Department, where he once worked as
an attorney and adviser during the administration of former President
George W. Bush.
Those who oppose the Obama administration's efforts regarding Cuba since
2014 praised the move, saying Claver-Carone is the right person to help
fix what they believe was a major error by the President.
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Others, including some in the Cuban community in South Florida, oppose
Claver-Carone having a seat at the transition table – believing he has
worked more for people with financial motives behind a continued embargo
with the island nation.
USCD PAC, according to election records obtained by the Miami Herald,
donated over $600,000 to candidates that have been critical of the Obama
administration's plans – including Sen. Marco Rubio and Reps. Carlos
Curbelo and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
Calver-Carone has also spent time as a college professor while writing
for several different websites on the issue of Cuba policy.
Source: Outspoken Critic of President Obama's Cuba Policies Named to
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