JFK Smuggled in Cuban Cigars before 1962 Trade Embargo

Before signing a 1962 agreement banning trade with Cuban, John F. Kennedy requested his press secretary Pierre Salinger get him 1,000 Cuban cigars. Salinger's 1992 Cigar Aficionado interview recently surfaced where he recounted the story:
"The next morning, I walked into my White House office at about 8am, and the direct line from the President's office was already ringing. He asked me to come in immediately...After I had acquired 1200 cigars, He took out a long paper which he immediately signed. It was the decree banning all Cuban products from the United States. Cuban cigars were now illegal in our country" -Pierre Salinger
The long-standing trade ban with Cuba was just recently lifted, as US Treasury secretary Jacob Lew said at the time in a statement:
"By further easing these sanctions, the United States is helping to support the Cuban people in their effort to achieve the political and economic freedom necessary to build a democratic, prosperous and stable Cuba" -Jacob Lew
The story is best described in Salinger's interview, shown below:

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