April 17th, 2009
10:43 AM ET
5 years ago

Should the U.S. open the door to Cuba?

Obama heads to the Summit of Americas Friday in Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba is expected to be a topic of discussion.
Obama heads to the Summit of Americas Friday in Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba is expected to be a topic of discussion.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Nearly 50 years after the U.S. imposed an embargo on Cuba, President Obama took steps this week that may lead to improved relations with the island nation.

The president loosened restrictions on Cuban-Americans visiting and sending money home to relatives who still live in Cuba, and a White House spokesman said the U.S. will begin sending humanitarian assistance "directly to the Cuban people."

Obama heads to the Summit of Americas Friday in Trinidad and Tobago. Cuba is expected to be a topic of discussion.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows that 71 percent of Americans support reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, while 64 percent of Americans back lifting the U.S. ban on travel to the island nation.

What do you think? Do you agree? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


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  1. SD,Michigan

    Open the doors to Cuba, absolutely! Free travel for all, lift the embargo, everything. Those communist brothers are dying, and it wont be long until they become another "communist in name only" country, like China. Besides, if smth hasn't worked in 50 years...it means a lot.

    April 17, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Keith

    Yes, of course. Our policy has been a ridiculous policy from the start. The time has come to again set a positive example to the world through our justice and liberty, not our vindictiveness .

    April 17, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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