Pres­i­dent-elect aides say Cuban gov­ern­ment will have to change

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON (AP): THE CUBAN gov­ern­ment must move to­ward en­act­ing greater free­doms for its peo­ple and giv­ing Amer­i­cans some­thing in re­turn if it wants to keep warmer US re­la­tions ini­ti­ated by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, top aides to Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump said Sun­day.

The com­ments by Trump ad­vis­ers Kellyanne Con­way and Reince Priebus fol­lowed the death of for­mer Cuban leader Fidel Cas­tro. Cas­tro’s younger brother, 85-year-old Raul Cas­tro, took con­trol in 2006, and later ne­go­ti­ated with Obama to re­store diplo­matic re­la­tions.

Priebus, Trump’s in­com­ing chief of staff, said Trump would “ab­so­lutely” re­verse Obama’s open­ing to Cuba un­less there is “some move­ment” from the Cuban gov­ern­ment.

“Re­pres­sion, open mar­kets, free­dom of re­li­gion, po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers — th­ese things need to change in or­der to have open and free re­la­tion­ships, and that’s what Pres­i­dent-elect Trump be­lieves, and that’s where he’s go­ing to head, “Priebus told “Fox News Sun­day.”

Con­way made sim­i­lar re­marks and noted that any diplo­matic deal will have to ben­e­fit Amer­i­can work­ers. Don­ald Trump

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