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Trump On Cuba Policy: Reverse Obama Deal

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Donald Trump said Friday that he would invert the arrangement President Barack Obama struck to revive strategic relations and re-set up some exchange with Cuba unless the Cuban administration takes care of his requests to reestablish political flexibilities and free political detainees.

While Trump has said the US should ought to have better deals for Cuba, his new position was a clear move from his past proclamations that he upheld the reviving of conciliatory relations after over 50 years.

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Trump – talking in a state with an overwhelming Cuban voting coalition – described Obama’s arrangement as “one-sided” and profiting “just the Castro administration.”

“But all of the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done with executive order, which means the next president can reverse them. And that is what I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands,” Trump said Friday.

“Those demands will include religious and political freedom for the Cuban people and the freeing of political prisoners,” Trump said.

Trump’s readied comments did not require the “freeing of political prisoners,” a powerful request Trump clearly included.

Cuba freed 53 political detainees in January 2015 as part of its arrangement to revive discretionary relations with the United States.

Asked in September 2015 about the opening with Cuba, Trump said, “I think it’s fine.”
“I think it’s fine. But we should have made a better deal. The concept of opening with Cuba — 50 years is enough, the concept of opening with Cuba is fine. I think we should have made a stronger deal,” he told The Daily Caller.
Trump also said in March that he is likely to open a hotel in Cuba.
“Maybe it won’t work out, but I will tell you, I think Cuba has a certain potential and I think it’s OK to bring Cuba into the fold,” Trump told CNN.

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