Trump nominee to lead Pentagon endorses hardline against Cuba

The Trump administration’s nominee for defense secretary said “Cuba’s conduct must change dramatically before any normal type of military-to-military engagement is established” with Cuban Armed Forces. Mark T. Esper, who was named acting defense secretary in June, said he considered Cuba and Russia to be “destabilizing influences in the Western Hemisphere. They support regimes unfriendly … Read more

D.C. lawyers back Juan Guaidó

A Washington, D.C., law firm is representing Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed president of Venezuela. Arnold & Porter says its duties may include “making contact with U.S. government officials concerning the preservation of Venezuela’s assets in the United States.” Trump officials in late January said they had given Guaidó control over Venezuela’s bank accounts and property … Read more

Elliott Abrams: Nicolás Maduro is already an ex-president

When a reporter asked Elliott Abrams about complaints that the United States is interfering in Venezuela’s affairs, Abrams sidestepped the question and said Cuba is the meddler and had been sticking its nose in Venezuela’s business for “a long time.” Abrams did not mention that the U.S. government has been trying to undermine the Cuban … Read more