Governor Earl Ray Tomblin hopes good relations between Cuba and the US continue

Published: Nov. 19, 2016 at 9:40 PM EST
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HAVANA, Cuba (WSAZ/ NBC) -- West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said in Havana Saturday that he hopes the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba will continue.

Tomblin, who will leave the post shortly, spent two days in Cuba leading an institutional and business mission to explore future business opportunities on the island.

President-Elect Donald Trump has been openly opposed to changes made by his predecessor, Barack Obama, in policies toward the island, and has threatened to reverse the approach.

Tomblin said that while he can't predict what Trump's administration will do, he thinks the US and Cuba will continue to advance their relationship.

"Well I think that, you know, I can't predict what the new president will do, but I think that the progress that's been made over the last couple years," said Governor Tomblin, "It probably won't change overnight, but I think that it will continue to progress. The barriers of the last 50 years hopefully will come down some day."

Tomblin said he hopes to one day work with Cuba.

"Part of this trip is to learn how down the road that we can do this where either Cuban companies could locate in West Virginia or West Virginia companies could export to Cuba and have a trade going on between our state and your country, " said Tomblin.