Trump Says He Could 'Terminate' Obama's Cuba Deal

'If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people...'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 28, 2016 12:20 PM CST
Trump Says He Could 'Terminate' Obama's Cuba Deal
In this Nov. 7, 2016 file photo, Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Sarasota, Fla.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

President-elect Donald Trump is threatening to end the detente with Cuba initiated by the Obama administration. In a tweet a bit longer than the one he wrote to mark Fidel Castro's death, Trump tweeted Monday he "will terminate" President Obama's reestablishment of diplomatic ties and normalization of relations if "Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the US as a whole."

But Trump's warning could face opposition from some Republicans on Capitol Hill and corporate leaders who see continued engagement with Havana as good for American businesses and the best way to force the Cuban government to change, reports the AP. Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said this past weekend a "get tough" policy that isolates Havana and restricts travel and commerce will hurt the Cuban people and make the US government "a convenient scapegoat for failed socialist policies." (More Cuba stories.)

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