How did Congress respond to Castro's actions in Cuba?
Many of the actions taken against Cuba in the wake of the revolution were undertaken by the President, as well as the State Department, which handles diplomacy. Congress responded to the Cuban Revolution, which resulted in the establishment of a communist state under Fidel Castro, by enacting an embargo, which John F. Kennedy made official in 1962. American companies were no longer allowed to trade with Cuba, which had formerly been more or less in the economic orbit of the United States. This placed an extreme strain on the government and the people of the island nation, and they turned to the Soviet Union as a trading partner. Congress made the embargo permanent in the 1990s. Congress had actually extended official recognition to Cuba in the wake of Castro's overthrow of Fulgencio Batista, but the State Department cut off all diplomatic ties to the country, with the support of both houses, when the revolutionaries nationalized American industries and executed many of Batista's loyalists..
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