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Trump adviser to give remarks on Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua

April 12, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — National security adviser John Bolton said Friday that he will travel to Miami next week to outline steps the administration is taking to confront what he says are threats from the “troika of tyranny,” Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

John Bolton said in a tweet that he is delivering a speech on Wednesday, the 58th anniversary of the United States’ failed attempt to overthrow the Cuban government in the 1961 “Bay of Pigs” invasion. His speech will be at the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, which endorsed Trump for president.

Miami is home to thousands of exiles from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

In a speech there last year, Bolton discussed newly released sanctions against Venezuela and Cuba and promised additional penalties against Nicaragua as he laid out the administration’s hardline policy toward the three countries. Bolton called them the “troika of tyranny” and said they represented destructive forces of “oppression, socialism and totalitarianism.”

Also on Wednesday, the administration is expected to announce its decision on whether to allow lawsuits against companies that profit from U.S.-linked properties confiscated after Cuba’s 1959 socialist revolution.

The Helms-Burton Act lets Americans use U.S. courts to sue non-American companies that use property that was seized after Fidel Castro’s revolution. Every president has suspended the law since it was passed in 1996. But in a move against Cuba, the Trump administration announced last month that such suits could be filed.

It was seen as a largely symbolic move. The announcement limited lawsuits to about 200 Cuban businesses and government agencies that are already subject to U.S. sanctions because of their ties to Cuban military and intelligence ministries.

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