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Arkansas lawmakers criticize Trump shifting Cuba policy

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 16, 2017 at 2:47 p.m.

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Sen. John Boozman, left, and Rep. Rick Crawford


LITTLE ROCK — Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are criticizing President Donald Trump's decision to restore some travel and economic restrictions on Cuba that were lifted as part of the Obama administration's historic easing.

Republican Rep. Rick Crawford on Friday said the move reinstates a "failed, outdated and isolationist" posture toward Cuba, while Republican Sen. John Boozman said the plan was a step backward. Trump announced he was reinstating the requirement that "people-to-people" travelers can only come to Cuba with heavily regulated tour groups and will reimpose some trade restrictions.

[RELATED COVERAGE: Trump restores some Cuba penalties, rejecting 'oppressors']

Crawford and Boozman have been pushing for easing trade restrictions with Cuba and have said the move would help Arkansas farmers by opening up a new market.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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ARMNAR says... June 16, 2017 at 3:47 p.m.

What a petty loser we have as POTUS.

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mrcharles says... June 16, 2017 at 4:25 p.m.

Primates are like this, whose ox gets gored is the reason for most complaints.

It is sad though to see gop attack the manG-d Trump for his usual stupid move when they allow him to F us daily with his other moves.

Them there commies gotta eat and our farmers have to sell their hard work . Why does Trump hate Arkansas farmers?

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HenryP says... June 16, 2017 at 4:31 p.m.

90% of all money spent in Cuba goes straight to their military......

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DEE672 says... June 16, 2017 at 4:44 p.m.

The farmers and these AR politicians were so sold on Trump until he sold them out, as he has the other fans who were sold a bill of goods. The greatest bait and switch swindle in human history. How's that trumpy for truthy hyperbole???

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itryed says... June 16, 2017 at 4:45 p.m.

Hey Henry,
Who gives a shiiite

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miket3175 says... June 16, 2017 at 4:53 p.m.

Farmers were painting "Trump" on grain trucks and parking them in the field along highways. Wonder how they feel now?

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itryed says... June 16, 2017 at 5:08 p.m.

The " election" of this orange mass of protplasmic waste was a national catastrophe. I won't compare it to 9/11 or Pearl Harbor, but our DEMOCRACY is under attack. We're in bed with Russian oligarchs whether we like it or not. Tradition institutions and human dignitaries are being trampled in the last FIVE months. Drop the Democrat/ Republican thing for a minute. Drop the liberal/ conservative thing for a minute! Pull together. Get this buffoon out of there and let's get to work!

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ARMNAR says... June 16, 2017 at 5:22 p.m.

Amen.

Trump isn't a conservative. He's a deranged megalomaniac.

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carpenterretired says... June 16, 2017 at 6:17 p.m.

Well in cancelling TPP (which would have cut Japanese import duties on Arkansas beef and chicken from 38% to 9% plus cuts all over Asia ) western AR farmers received their reward for voting Trump ,so only fair eastern AR farmers not only lose crop insurance but Cuban rice /grain /soybean markets as reward for voting Trump ,also AR Trump voters will lose rural hospitals /emergency rooms /jobs with repeal of ACA as a reward for voting Trump . Now the odd thing Trump does unto Cuba because they are communist ,yet communist China does unto Trump by loaning him over a billion bucks plus fall all over their selves giving Trump Chinese trademarks.

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Tallcoach says... June 16, 2017 at 6:21 p.m.

Crawford and Boozman, as expected, because they are politicians first above all, aren't willing to admit that freedom from the likes of Castros, trump rice sales.

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