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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 06:25 PM

Trump's push to make Cuba 'surrender' will fail, negotiator says

Trump’s push to make Cuba ‘surrender’ will fail, negotiator says
By Stephen Wicary Bloomberg
Fri., April 19, 2019

The Cuban negotiator who normalized relations with the U.S. during the Obama administration said President Donald Trump’s push to dismantle the deal won’t dislodge the communist regime in Havana.

Cuba endured almost 60 years of U.S. aggression and can survive another bout of antagonism from Washington, Josefina Vidal, now Cuba’s ambassador to Canada, said in an interview. The latest White House measures to squeeze the Caribbean nation include curbs on travel, a cap on remittances and allowing lawsuits over confiscated property, a step that’s prompted criticism by U.S. allies.

Vidal questioned the integrity of Trump’s aides, including National Security Adviser John Bolton, and argued the renewed pressure on Cuba is a simple play for Republican votes in Florida.

“This is a policy which is condemned to be defeated again,” Vidal said Thursday at the Cuban Embassy in Ottawa. “They want Cuba to surrender. They want Cuba to abandon what Cuba is, to abandon its principles, and to submit Cuba again to the desires of the U.S. But that won’t happen.”


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