State Department officials drew up a proposal to define Cuba as a terrorist state, despite the fact that President Barack Obama’s administration (2009-2017) removed the Caribbean nation from the blacklist in 2015.
According to The New York Times, the designation of Cuba as a terrorist state would place incoming President Joe Biden additional obstacles to improve diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana.
The U.S. Democrats criticized Pompeo's move, calling it a last-minute change in the country's foreign policy.
"It is another trick of this president with less than 23 days to the end [of his office]," Gregory Meeks, the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, said.
With ICU capacity in LA reaching near zero, we feel this is a perfect opportunity to advocate for collaboration w Cuban doctors and our local medics. We will be hosting a car caravan to bring this to the @MayorOfLA's attention. If you are available tomorrow morning, join us! pic.twitter.com/9ViqkEp9HV
If Pompeo formalizes this new bullying modality, Washington's blacklist will include Cuba, Syria, Iran, and North Korea.
Previously, on Dec. 17, President Miguel Diaz-Canel rejected the U.S. attacks on his country and described Trump's foreign policy as a resounding failure.
"During this period, the U.S... unleashed a sordid war against Cuba, with the absurd pretense of bringing us to our knees, breaking the resistance of the Revolution, and forcing us to make concessions... Its failure is resounding and notorious," he said in the closing session of the National Assembly.