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US-agricultural-representatives-300x194Agriculture officials in Alabama have lobbied to turn Cuba into a market for the state’s poultry products for years, but President Donald Trump’s recent policy change with the island jeopardizes that opening.

Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan said exports to Cuba, which receives millions of tons of poultry every month from the state, could be impacted by the president’s restrictive policy change.

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downloadThe 1st Convention on Commerce, Cuba-2017,  ( I Convención de Comercio, Cuba 2017) wraps today in Havana, marking the first convention of its kind to take place on the island. The convention occurred less than a year after relations between the United States and Cuba thawed.

The convention, which is taking place at the Havana International Convention Center, bears the slogan “Challenges and Trends of Sustainable Commerce.” It attracted attendees from 10 different countries.

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Donald-Trump-300x200Four months after he was sworn in, President Donald Trump has yet to  undo former President Barack Obama’s Cuba policies. After much anticipation that an announcement on changes will be made this week, Trump has reportedly still not chosen a course of action, White House officials said.

The White House had wanted to unveil his plan on May 20 to commemorate the 115th anniversary of Cuba’s independence, but the president is beginning his international trip on Friday and the review of the policy changes the Obama administration made has still not been concluded, The Miami Herald reports.

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Roger-Marshall-240x300Republican Representative Roger Marshall of Kansas released an op-ed in The High Plains Journal reflecting on his recent three-day trip to Cuba with a congressional delegation that included representatives James Comer of Kentucky, Jack Bergman of Michigan, and Jason Lewis and Tom Emmer of Minnesota.

Marshall was pleased with the visit and talked about how the U.S.’s current policy of isolation has failed in Cuba. He said the 50-year-old embargo only serves to generate animosity toward the U.S. and to “arbitrarily limit” U.S. citizens chances to engage with Cubans.

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Cuban-Foreign-Minister-300x132Republican congressmen Roger Marshal of Kansas, Jack Bergman of Michigan, James Comer of Kentucky, and Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis of Minnesota met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Monday, March 6 to discuss foreign relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

Cuban Foreign Minister Director Josefina Vidal and U.S. Deputy Director General Gustavo Machin were also in attendance.

This is the second U.S. delegation to visit the island during the Trump administration. Two weeks ago, Republican Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi was part of a congressional delegation that was welcomed by President Raul Castro at a three-day business forum to discuss relations and explore future business opportunities between the U.S. and Cuba.

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Rick-Scott-300x162One of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises was to undo former President Barack Obama’s rapprochement with Cuba, and Florida governor Rick Scott has offered to help.

“I’ve been very vocal that Raúl Castro does not believe in democracy and freedom and things like that,” Scott told Politico. “I don’t believe it’s good for our country to be coddling a dictator like that. So I’m going to work with the Trump administration on what’s the right policy.”

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cuban-flag-300x300The Mississippi ports of Gulfport and Pascagoula signed agreements with Cuba on February 20 with an eye on potential future business, despite President Donald Trump’s threat to scrap improved relations if he doesn’t get “a better deal” from Cuban President Raul Castro.

Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi signed agreements with the island nation at a business forum that aimed to explore business opportunities between ports in Mississippi and Cuba because of their geographical proximity.

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First-True-Imports-From-Cuba-300x200Shipments of various goods have continued to flow through Florida’s seaports and airports to Cuba even though Governor Rick Scott doesn’t think the state’s ports should be trading with what he called the “Cuban dictatorship,” according to reports. In January, Scott threatened to strip state funds from two Florida ports that wanted to sign cooperation agreements with the Cuban government.

Scott scribed a series of Twitter posts saying he would ask state lawmakers to restrict funding for ports that “enter into any agreement with [the] Cuban dictatorship,” and that “we cannot condone Raul Castro’s oppressive behavior.”

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