NY Gov Cuomo going to Cuba, plans trade mission: WSJ

A man pushes his tricycle taxi with a U.S flag on a street in Havana December 18, 2014.
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A man pushes his tricycle taxi with a U.S flag on a street in Havana December 18, 2014.

In the wake of a major shift in U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce a trade mission to the Caribbean island, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

Citing a person with knowledge of Cuomo's plans, the Democrat—who just won a second term in November—is planning to use his state-of-the-state address this week to make public his plans to exploit the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations by leading a trade delegation to the country.

According to the publication, Cuomo had already planned several trade missions for his new term. However, once the Obama administration loosened travel restrictions to Cuba, Cuomo added the Communist country to the top of his itinerary, a source told the Journal.

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Although Congress is the only entity empowered to formally repeal the five-decade embargo on Cuba, interest in travel and cultural exchange with the island has surged. Last month, President Barack Obama unexpectedly re-established diplomatic ties, and took a series of measures designed to relax some of the sanctions on the island.

The full report in the Journal can be found here (note: Subscription may be required).