Trump administration puts Cuba back on ‘sponsor of terrorism’ blacklist

  • Mike Pompeo cites US fugitives and support for Venezuela
  • Move will heap sanctions on Havana before Biden inauguration

Donald Trump has reclassified Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism” in a last-minute move that could complicate efforts by Joe Biden’s incoming administration to re-engage with Havana.

The controversial step was announced by secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Monday, at the start of Trump’s final full-week in office, and places Cuba alongside Iran, North Korea and Syria.

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