The White House today issued an Executive Order relating to Nicaragua and added names to the Specially Designed Nationals (SDN) List maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury:
A mistake not to expect the Trump Administration to consider an Executive Order to focus upon the Republic of Cuba- specifically targeting the assets of individuals affiliated with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of the Republic of Cuba (FAR) and its subsidiaries, including Enterprise Administration Group (GAESA) which has a substantial impact upon the economic and commercial infrastructure of the Republic of Cuba.
Replace the word “Nicaragua” with “Cuba” and below is the text of an Executive Order that could easily be created using cut-and-paste features of Microsoft Word:
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS PRESSURING THE CUBAN REGIME TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW
“All people deserve a government that cares for their safety, their interests, and their wellbeing, including their prosperity.” – President Donald J. Trump
COMMITTED TO LIBERTY, DEMOCRACY, AND THE RULE OF LAW: President Donald J. Trump is taking a strong stand against the corrupt Cuban regime.
Today, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Cuba.”
This Order demonstrates the President’s strong leadership in the Western Hemisphere, defense of democratic principles, and protection of human rights. The President’s Order permits:
Sanctions against individuals, entities, and their associates engaged in corruption, human rights abuses, and undermining democracy in Cuba. The targeting of individuals and entities that threaten peace, security, and stability in Cuba.
President Trump is committed to pressuring the regime of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel to restore democracy and rule of law in the country.
President Trump is calling for free, fair, and early elections in Cuba to give the Cuban people a true voice and vote in their future.
IMPOSING SANCTIONS: The Trump Administration is imposing targeted sanctions against high-level officials from the Cuban regime and their supporters.
The Department of the Treasury is imposing sanctions on high-level officials from the Cuban regime. Individuals sanctioned include: General Raul Castro Ruz who leads the Revolutionary Armed Forces of the Republic of Cuba (FAR) and its subsidiaries, including Enterprise Administration Group (GAESA) which has a substantial impact upon the economic and commercial infrastructure of the Republic of Cuba. Gen. Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez Calleja who has been affiliated with GAESA. These individuals are involved in human rights abuse or acts of corruption in Cuba.
The Trump Administration will continue to add pressure on the Diaz-Canel regime and its supporters, using all the economic and diplomatic tools at our disposal.
STANDING UP TO AUTOCRATIC REGIMES: President Trump is confronting regimes in the region that disregard democracy and degrade security and stability in the hemisphere.
President Trump’s actions demonstrate his continued commitment to standing up to autocratic regimes in the Western Hemisphere. Since taking office, President Trump has worked to counteract the corrupt and destabilizing regimes in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
President Trump stands with the Cuban, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan people and supports their calls for freedom. The Trump Administration will continue to publicly denounce Cuba under the Diaz-Canel regime as one of three undemocratic outliers in the region.