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Marco Rubio working ‘behind-the-scenes’ to shape Donald Trump Cuba policy

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After calling for a review of U.S. policy toward Cuba, the Donald Trump administration is considering several options, with no clear favorite as of yet.

However, the Miami Herald reports that Sen. Marco Rubio spoke with Trump “three times about Cuba.”

“We’ve been walking through all these issues with the president and his team, figuring out the right steps to take and when,” said the Florida senator to El Nuevo Herald.

Rubio, who is of Cuban descent, continued: “I am confident that President Trump will treat Cuba like the dictatorship it is and that our policy going forward will reflect the fact that it is not in the national interest of the United States for us to be doing business with the Cuban military.”

According to a spokesperson, Rubio and his staff have worked “behind the scenes” on Cuba policy.

Cuba’s state-run Granma newspaper recently criticized Rubio for his increasingly vocal attitude toward U.S. policy for Latin America, particularly his calls for the Organization of American States to condemn Venezuela’s human rights record.

But the Herald notes that the Granma article “carefully avoided insulting Trump.” And the Raúl Castro government has been quiet about the Trump administration, waiting for the results of the review of U.S. policies toward the island.

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