Trump says will do all he can to help Cuban peo­ple

Kuwait Times - - OBITUARY -


US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump said yes­ter­day that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would “do all it can” once it takes of­fice on Jan 20 to help boost free­dom and pros­per­ity for Cuban peo­ple af­ter the death of Fidel Cas­tro. Trump had threat­ened late in his up­start cam­paign for the White House that con­cerns about re­li­gious free­dom in Cuba could prompt him to re­verse Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s moves to open re­la­tions with the Cold War ad­ver­sary af­ter more than a half-cen­tury’s es­trange­ment.

Obama said this was an emo­tional mo­ment for Cubans and CubanAmer­i­cans and of­fered con­do­lences to Cas­tro’s fam­ily. “At this time of Fidel Cas­tro’s pass­ing, we ex­tend a hand of friend­ship to the Cuban peo­ple,” he said in a state­ment, not­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion had “worked hard to put the past be­hind us.” Repub­li­cans closely await what Trump - a bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man known for his un­con­ven­tional ap­proach to pol­i­tics and pol­icy - will do on Cuba once he takes of­fice.

“Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Cas­tro can­not be erased, our ad­min­is­tra­tion will do all it can to en­sure the Cuban peo­ple can fi­nally be­gin their jour­ney to­ward pros­per­ity and lib­erty,”Trump said in a state­ment is­sued from his West Palm Beach, Florida, re­sort where he and his fam­ily are spend­ing the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day week­end. “While Cuba re­mains a to­tal­i­tar­ian is­land, it is my hope that to­day marks a move away from the hor­rors en­dured for too long, and to­ward a fu­ture in which the won­der­ful Cuban peo­ple fi­nally live in the free­dom they so richly de­serve,” he added.

At a Mi­ami rally in Septem­ber, Trump said he would roll back Obama’s Cuban pol­icy re­forms un­less Cuban lead­ers al­lowed re­li­gious free­dom and freed po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers. “The next pres­i­dent can re­verse them, and that I will do un­less the Cas­tro regime meets our de­mands,” Trump told sup­port­ers. A bloc of mostly Repub­li­can Cuban-Amer­i­can law­mak­ers has worked to keep tight re­stric­tions on trade and travel with Cuba for years. Some Repub­li­can law­mak­ers broke with party or­tho­doxy to back Obama’s re­forms, drawn by the eco­nomic ben­e­fits of restor­ing ties.— Reuters

In this Nov 10, 1971 file photo, Cas­tro (cen­ter left) rides with Chile’s Pres­i­dent Sal­vador Al­lende through a crowd wav­ing com­mu­nist flags in San­ti­ago, Chile.

This file photo taken on Sept 4, 1999 shows Cas­tro ges­tur­ing in Ha­vana as he dis­cusses his re­quest to the pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the treat­ment of cer­tain Cuban ath­letes.

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