The Government of Donald Trump includes Cuba in the list of sponsors of terrorism

As the national political agenda of the United States recovers from the dark episode of the Capitol, the international community is attacked by a new and unexpected action by the Government of Donald Trump.

Just nine days after leaving power, the Republican Administration has decided this Monday to reintegrate Cuba into the list of States sponsors of terrorism, from which it had been withdrawn in 2015 by the Democratic Government of Barack Obama (2009-2017), during the period of resumption of bilateral relations.

The person in charge of making the announcement was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who justified the reincorporation of the Latin American country to the list “for repeatedly providing support to acts of international terrorism by granting safe haven to terrorists.”

“With this action, we will once again hold the Government of Cuba responsible and send a clear message: the Castro regime must end its support for international terrorism and the subversion of US justice,” Pompeo said in a statement.

For his part, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez denounced through Twitter the “political opportunism” of the Trump administration

The still head of US diplomacy assures that the island’s government has “fed, housed and provided medical attention to murderers, bomb makers and kidnappers, while many Cubans are hungry, homeless and do not have basic medicines.”

Specifically, he alluded to Havana’s refusal to extradite ten guerrilla leaders of the National Liberation Army (ELN), who traveled to the island to hold negotiations with the Colombian government and have been required by that country after the The group claimed responsibility for an attack against a police school in Bogotá, which caused 22 deaths and more than 87 injuries.

“Cuba is also home to several US fugitives wanted by the courts or convicted on charges of political violence,” he added.

The inclusion of a country on the terrorism blacklist implies obstacles to trade and more sanctions, but Cuba already weighs all these restrictions due to the commercial and financial embargo.

Last May, Washington took a step in this direction with the inclusion of Cuba in the list of countries that “do not cooperate completely” with the US counterterrorism efforts, which also includes Venezuela, Iran, North Korea. and Syria.

The Government of Miguel Díaz-Canel replied then that it is his country that is the “victim” of terrorism with the complicity of the North American giant, in reference to the various attacks (from hijacking of aircraft to plans to assassinate leaders) attributed to groups anti-Castro in the last six decades, mainly during the Cold War.