Speaker Ryan to Obama: You Are Bound by the Law on Cuba

Friday, March 18, 2016
Statement during today's press briefing by the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI):

In a few days, the president is traveling to Cuba, the first presidential trip to the communist country in nearly 90 years.

Let’s not forget that the Castro regime has been guilty of countless human rights abuses over the decades. Hundreds of thousands of Cubans have fled persecution and found asylum in the United States.

Unfortunately, it’s doubtful that the president will bring up the need for reform of the Cuban government during his visit next week.

Instead, he will  announce new commercial deals between U.S. companies and Cuba, which will legitimize and strengthen the communist government.

However, the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba—passed by Congress after the 1959 Cuban revolution—is still intact and enforceable.

Despite the president’s attempts to undermine this decades-long embargo by executive action, he is ultimately bound by it.

It’s the law.