Exclusive: Republicans Give Clinton Some Cover on Cuba

Republicans Give Clinton Some Cover on Cuba

The Clinton Administration formally approved a potentially controversial trip to Cuba this week by TOM DONOHUE, president of the powerful, Republican-leaning U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Donohue's party will include CRAIG FULLER, George Bush's vice-presidential chief of staff, and it also has the blessing of staunchly conservative Republican SENATOR CHUCK HAGEL of Nebraska. These big G.O.P. names should provide political cover for the White House and particularly AL GORE. The Administration is currently expanding unofficial links to Havana, but is worried about opposition from many anti-Castro Cuban-American voters.

As for Donohue, he has pointedly not requested a meeting with Castro, although such...

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