Gov. Terry McAuliffe (second from left) during a visit to the University of Havana. Foto: prensalatina.cu
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (second from left) during a visit to the University of Havana. Foto: prensalatina.cu

HAVANA TIMES —Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe began on Sunday an official visit to Cuba. He is the fourth leader of a US state to do so since Washington and Havana announced their diplomatic approach just over a year ago.

McAuliffe met in Havana with the Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, reported dpa news. The governor also participated in the opening of a bilateral business forum.

McAuliffe, of the Democratic Party, called for the lifting of the US embargo on the island. The economic and trade sanctions that the US imposed on the socialist island from the early 60s are the main obstacle to full normalization of relations between the two countries.

The other US governors to travel to Cuba in the last year were Democrat Andrew Cuomo (New York) and Asa Hutchinson (Arkansas) and Gregg Abbott (Texas) both Republicans.

Like Arkansas and Texas, Virginia has an important agricultural industry. Cuba imports much of its food due to its low farm production.

The possible lifting of the embargo is one of the most complex steps for the Obama administration in his approach to Cuba. The president recently again asked the US Congress to end the sanctions, which he cannot remove unilaterally by executive power. Nonetheless, he has weakened some peripheral aspects of the embargo.


9 thoughts on “Virgina Gov. Terry McAuliffe Visits Cuba

  • Your naivete is profound. Some of the richest men in the world are Chinese, including Jack Ma, Li Hijun. Thus type of wealth accumulation is hardly a “communist” trait. The Chinese government is “communist” in name only. They are actually an oligarchy controlled by elite Chinese families of party leaders. Indeed this mirrors the traditional style of business in Chiba which is still profoundly done by families. Who you are related to is a cultural part of doing business in china. This simplistic naive world view you have should really be rethought. Those Chinese businessmen who ha d disappeared posed a threat to the ruling class, including I might add a slew of recently disappeared journalists from a Hong Kong news paper that’s critical of the Chinese leadership a d was about to publish some type of expose. Hardly a democratic virtue .

    As far as Castro’s drug connection perhaps you should read excerpts from Fidel’s former body guard Juan Reinaldo. Here is a link to an old story in the New York Post http://nypost.com/2015/05/03/former-bodyguard-unmasks-fidel-castros-corrupt-double-life/

    Kennedy, you seem to forget that outside of Cuba we are free to access news and information. Your Bull Sh1t does not stand up to scrutiny.

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