The Republicans who accompanied President Obama to Havana last week returned as cheerleaders for normalizing relations with Cuba, but with no unified strategy for how to convince their GOP colleagues to join the cause.
The Republicans who made the trip all support lifting the trade embargo and ending the travel ban – a pair of initiatives that have gained quiet support in Congress – but they have diverging ideas of how far and how fast to push fellow Republicans to drop their objections to improving relations with the island country.
“My takeaway was that this is not going to be as easy or as quickly done as I think President Obama would like,” said Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.), who was part of the delegation. “[Cuban President] Raul Castro is still pretty dug-in on certain things that I know will not get past a Republican-held Congress.”