Today’s foreign affairs landscape is constantly evolving, but the lessons of history remain essential for prudent decision-making.
America is an exceptional country because our Founders fought a revolution establishing a nation with institutions and principles that valued freedom, rule of law, private property, and personal human generosity. We must remember that Americans have always cherished freedom and encouraged other peoples in their struggle for liberty, but we have not been involved in every struggle for independence. Today, our $21 trillion debt strains our ability to remain an economic superpower, and we must reduce our spending to ensure our foreign assistance reaps a return that supports our security interests. At the same time, we must continue to stand for American founding principles of human dignity, the right to life, and the freedoms of religion, speech, and assembly. Although I no longer serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, our nation’s foreign affairs still remain a top priority.
Israel: The United States was the first country to recognize the State of Israel in 1948. Since then, we have had a close relationship based on shared democratic principles, human rights, work ethic, security and economic interests. Throughout Israel’s vulnerable existence, the United States has continuously come to the assistance of Israel. Today, the United States is recognized as Israel’s strongest ally and a trusted partner in working for peace in the region. Few nations consistently stand up for Israel as does the United States. Throughout my time in Congress, I have supported Israel both with my voice and my votes, and will continue to do so because I believe it is in the best interest for our nation to continue a strong alliance with Israel. I also very much supported President Trump’s most recent decision to officially move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a huge milestone, and one the American people have been waiting years for.
Cuba: Under the Obama administration, we witnessed a shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba, lifting sanctions in hopes of normalizing relations with Cuba. Obama was far too soft in his dealings with the dictatorial leadership of Raul Castro and his oppressive rule of the Cuban people. The Trump Administration recognizes that the main obstacle to the Cuban people’s prosperity and economic freedom is the Cuban military monopoly and its virtual control over every profitable sector. In attempt to mitigate access to U.S. money by way of the military-owned tourism industry, Trump’s policy enhances travel restrictions for Americans. The policy still allows, and advocates for, American individuals and entities to foster economic ties to the private and small business sector in Cuba.
Also, unlike Obama, President Trump recognizes the gross human right violations perpetuated by Fidel Castro and continued by his brother Raul. Throughout the duration of his nearly five-decade rule of Cuba, Fidel Castro created a repressive system of authoritarian rule that silenced any and all forms of dissent. The current state of Cuba represents the blatant failure of communism and a government controlled state. I commend President Trump for demanding accountability of the Castro regime and for pushing U.S. investments to flow directly to the people so they can cultivate private business growth. This policy framework serves as an important step to improving lives of the Cuban people and creating both political and economic freedom for Country.
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