BREAKING: President Trump Reverses Obama-Era “Cuban Thaw”
Eric Lendrum, Politics Contributor
President Trump has announced that he would undo another key policy of the previous administration. At an event in Miami, the President declared that he would be reversing a number of Obama-era policies that relaxed the U.S.-Cuban diplomatic relationship, often referred to as the “Cuban Thaw.”
The steps taken by former President Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro, mediated by Pope Francis, had sought to reduce tensions between the two countries that had lasted for nearly 60 years. The numerous sanctions and embargoes on Cuba remained one of the last-standing relics of the Cold War, and Obama’s decision to reverse many of those policies marked a shift towards more formal diplomatic relationships with the Communist country and the Castro regime.
However, President Trump pulled no punches in declaring the policy’s reversal. In his speech, the President condemned the ideology of Communism, saying that “Communism has destroyed every single nation where it has ever been tried.” He also took direct aim at the Castros themselves - current president Raul and his late older brother Fidel, who died late last year. He referred to past historical offenses from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the harboring of Joanne Chesimard, the Black Panther Party member who killed a New Jersey police officer and fled to Cuba for asylum. In the case of the latter, the President openly demanded that she, and other fugitives, be returned to the United States. He declared that Cuba is “ruled by the same people who killed tens of thousands of their own citizens,” and vowed to “expose the crimes of the Castro regime and stand with the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom.”
President Trump did leave the window open for a possible second thawing of relations, saying that the American embassy would remain open “in the hopes that our countries can forge a much stronger and better path.”
The President’s event in Miami particularly made efforts to reach out to the Cuban community and the refugees who had fled from the Castro regime. President Trump shared the story of one such refugee, violinist Luis Haza, who then performed the National Anthem onstage next to the President. The crowd immediately began chanting “USA!” as soon as Haza’s performance concluded.
The move represents yet another big step in the foreign policy of the Trump Administration, as he continues to take harder stances on the last few remaining Communist countries such as North Korea and Cuba, while also reversing the Obama-era policies of softer diplomacy in favor of more hardline methods of negotiation. The campaign-style event at which he made the declaration was consistent with the uniquely Trumpian style of presentation of yet another major policy, complete with an openly patriotic theme and promises of a better deal, as opposed to the “one-sided deal” that he just revoked.
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