Crist (D) Went on a Secret Trip to Cuba Amid Rising Tensions

Washington Free Beacon | 5/15/2019 | Jeffrey Cimmino
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BY: Jeffrey Cimmino Follow @jeffcimmino

Rep. Charlie Crist (D., Fla.) went on a secret trip to Cuba last month to meet with officials there as tensions between the United States and Cuba rose over Venezuela's crisis.

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Records from the House of Representatives Committee on Ethics showed the trip lasted from April 25 to April 27, and Crist's office did not announce it, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The trip was sponsored by the Center for Democracy in the Americas, an organization that claims to promote "a U.S. policy toward Cuba based on engagement and recognition of Cuba's sovereignty."

Crist said his visit was about "advancements in US-Cuba policy and relations made during the Obama Administration, and the impact of the Trump Administration’s change in course." The Times notes that Crist supported easing travel and business restrictions while Obama was in office.

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"My concern is for the Cuban people and the long term security interests of the United States. As we disengage and tighten sanctions, Russia and China will enter the void," Crist said. "For a country 90 miles...
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