The Trump administration redesignated Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism”
Monday, just nine days before U.S. President Donald Trump leaves office.
The move places new sanctions on Cuba shortly before President-elect
Joe Biden takes office and could complicate any efforts by the incoming
Biden administration to revive Obama-era detente with Havana.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the designation Monday,
citing Cuba’s continued harboring of U.S. fugitives, its refusal to extradite Colombian rebels, as well as its support for Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.
The designation re-imposed major restrictions on Cuba, including barring most travel between Cuba and the United States, as well as the transfer of money between the two countries