Sugar Baron Alfonso Fanjul Open to Doing Business in Cuba; Diaz-Balart and Rubio Rip Back

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Alfonso Fanjul is one of South Florida's most powerful businessmen, a Cuban exile and longtime critic of the Castro regime, but apparently he's changing his tune. He's now laying plans to quietly invest in the Communist nation.

Cuban-American politicians were quite blunt in their response.

Fanjul, who along with his brothers own Funjul Corp., a sugar and real estate conglomerate, has started traveling back to Cuba to meet with party leaders in a move the Washington Post calls "a startling development for the exile network."

"I'd like to see our family back in Cuba, where we started. . . . But it has to be under the right circumstances," Fanjul told the paper. "One day we hope that the United States and Cuba would find a way so the whole Cuban community could be able to live and work together."

Fanjul also refused to clarify whether or not he'd wait to do business until the fall of the Castro regime. A connected Democratic donor (his brother Pepe meanwhile runs in Republican circles), he's also shared his changing views on the embargo with notables like Hillary Clinton.

According to the Miami Herald, Cuban-American Republican lawmakers wasted no time sharply rebuking Fanjul's evolving stance.

"I am outraged by reports that a fellow Cuban-American, who has witnessed the atrocities inflicted by the Castro regime, has apparently chosen short-term profit over standing with the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom," said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart in a statement. "Some might be blind to the Castro regime's brutality and ruthless oppression, but Alfonso Fanjul's betrayal is compounded because he knows better."

"Alfonso should cry less for his lost mansion, and more for the imprisoned artists and musicians, oppressed independent journalists, or for the women that are beaten every Sunday for simply wanting to celebrate mass."

Well, damn.

Marco Rubio's response was less ferocious, but equally critical.

"Senator Rubio was surprised and disappointed to read about Alfonso Fanjul's new position on the Cuban trade embargo," read a statement. "We should not ignore the systemic violations of human rights in Cuba for the sake of opening up new business opportunities."

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Everett Hill
Everett Hill

worried about Cuba...should have fought for it-the Hatians did and we don't share a dime with them.


Here is another one that's looking after himself, just like any other human being, look at the Balart brothers, Ileana, Menendez, etc., if it was not a slip, he's got an edge on the other ones for being honest.,

Lin Jeffries
Lin Jeffries

So he's the one to blame for all the fat people! lololol

Georgio Garcia
Georgio Garcia

Some of us forget that we scape Cuba looking for freedom. Why they acting like Castro trying to limit everybody opinion and actions.?

DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

“Marco Rubio born to Cuban exiles? Not true, after all."Marco Rubio Lied About His Cuban Exile Immigrant Background"

His parents came to this country in 1956 looking for economic opportunity. They declared at that time they intended to stay permanently. The fact that Castro came to power in 1959 makes a nice excuse to claim his parents were exiles, but it's simply not true. They came here looking for opportunity and assumed they'd be able to return to Cuba for visits whenever they could. Castro complicated the latter, but didn't change the

which makes Rubio a common anchor baby of a common economic migrant

DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

Facts are stupid things for Marco Rubio & Diaz-Balart

 Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar better then castro? Before castro  there was a dictator called Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar In other words, they change something bad for something bad. Cuba under  Batista was the gambling capitol of the western world. Night life was the main product of this open country. Decadence, corruption, Mafia influence, prostitution, the government ineffectiveness was so much in evidence, 

that Fidel Castro was a conquering hero initially. 

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inspiration to all freedom-loving people. We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of the vicious imperialist-orquestrated campaign to destroy the impressive gain made in the Cuban Revolution. …

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