Obama Taps New Ambassador To Cuba In Late-Term Gambit

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Law360, New York (September 28, 2016, 5:58 PM EDT) — President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the first ambassador to Cuba in more than five decades late Tuesday, teeing up a fierce battle with lawmakers opposing his ongoing attempt to open U.S. trade, immigration and sanctions policy toward Havana.

Obama has tapped Jeffrey DeLaurentis, currently stationed as the chief of mission at the Cuban Embassy, and stressed the need for Havana to be serviced by an official envoy for his goal of normalizing the U.S.-Cuba relationship to come to fruition.

“Having an ambassador will…

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