148. 12/16/1960

“I HAVE TODAY by proclamation fixed at zero the quota for imports of Cuban sugar during the first quarter of 1961. The proclamation expresses my finding that such action is in the national interest of the United States. It is applicable to imports of Cuban sugar through March 31, 1961, the expiration date of the present Sugar Act. Since my proclamation of July 6 of this year the Government of Cuba has continued to follow a policy of deliberate hostility toward the United States and to commit steadily increasing amounts of its sugar crop to Communist countries. This further confirms the view I expressed at that time that the United States cannot now rely upon Cuba to supply a large part of the sugar needs of American consumers.” [Pro Embargo]

Dwight D. Eisenhower, “Statement by the President Upon Issuing Proclamation Fixing the Cuban Sugar Quota at Zero,” The American Presidency Project, presidency.ucsb.edu, December 16, 1960

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