Cuba remains a U.S. ‘enemy’

(Ramon Espinosa/AP) (Ramon Espinosa/AP)

Things seem to be going well with those negotiations to resume direct mail between the U.S. and Cuba. And, of course, there was that goodwill tour of the island by Jay Z and Beyonce.

But make no mistake, we’re still not pals with Havana.

In a pro forma move, President Obama renewed for another year the “Trading With the Enemy Act” that bans trade with Cuba. That law gives the president to authority to restrict trade between the U.S. and its adversaries.

Maybe one of these years we’ll upgrade to “frenemies” — but not just yet.

 

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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