Barack Obama ended 50 plus years of American policy to reject the communist Fidel Castro regime by restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba.
It was a controversial decision which leftists across America cheered, but many others questioned.
But it could be undone by President-elect Donald Trump.
With Fidel Castro’s death, President-elect Trump used the occasion to rightfully point out that Castro was a murderer and a tyrant.
He also noted Cuba is not yet free because the communist government and authoritarian police-state still remains under the control of Fidel’s brother, Raul Castro.
With Trump set to take office on January 20th, there is some thought Trump could reverse Obama’s rewards program for the communist government and revoke diplomatic relations, as well as reinstate the travel ban.
Incoming Chief-of-Staff Reince Priebus told Fox News it is a definite possibility.
“President-elect Donald Trump is “absolutely” willing to reverse the opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba, incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus told “Fox News Sunday.”
In the wake of the death of longtime Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, Trump needs to see “movement in the right direction” from the Cuban regime in order to maintain recently re-established diplomatic relations with the island nation.
“Repression, open markets, freedom of religion, political prisoners — these things need to change in order to have open and free relationships,” Priebus said. “There’s going to have to be some movement from Cuba in order to have relationship with the United States.”
President Barack Obama restored diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba after a freeze-out of more than five decades. Obama visited Cuba, now being led by Raul Castro, in March 2016.”
Many Americans were appalled Obama’s statement on Castro’s death didn’t mention any of the human rights abuses or atrocities he oversaw in his 50 years as Cuba’s dictator.
Obama even praised himself for opening diplomatic relations with a murderous communist government.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough summed up the feelings of many Americans.
It is difficult reading President Obama’s bland rendering of Castro’s bloody and tyrannical reign and not be embarrassed as an American.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) November 27, 2016
Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio – both of whom are of Cuban descent – also encouraged President-elect Trump to reverse Obama’s Cuba policy.
“Cruz told correspondent Martha Raddatz on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that he hopes to see increased liberty in Cuba but that with Obama’s’ restoration of diplomatic ties, it’s hard for that to happen.
“What the Obama administration has done has strengthened Raul Castro,” the Texas Republican said. “Raul is the dictator now. You know, I asked my dad at dinner last night, well, what do you think happens now that Fidel is dead? And he shrugged and said Raul’s been in charge for years, that this is — the system has gotten stronger…
…Rubio, who, like Cruz, is of Cuban descent, said he believes Trump will demand more of Cuba to bring concessions on human rights issues.
“He has made very clear that he felt that the moves President Obama has made toward Cuba were wrong and that he would examine them and change the ones that needed to be changed,” Rubio told correspondent Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And I think that’s very promising.”
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