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Trump’s Stance Toward Cuba Causes Uncertainty, Resignation

LADB Article ID: 80373
Category/Department: Cuba
Date: 2017-08-10
By: Daniel Vázquez

US President Donald Trump’s threatening rhetoric towards the Cuban government has created uncertainty and resignation among Cuba’s population––the apparent result of a popular intuition that the recent period of relationship-building activities was too good to last for long. For more than half a century, the relationship between Havana and Washington has caused upheaval at the grassroots level, a theme for television programs and protest marches; consequently, the last three years of negotiations were like a breath of fresh air and created new opportunities for many Cubans, even though the negotiations were seen as part of a thorny process, fragile, and with an uncertain course. Last November, Trump’s electoral victory sparked concern about a return to a hostile state of affairs such as existed during the George W. Bush era, when remittances sent to Cuba were limited and Cuban-Americans could only visit relatives on the island for a period of 14 days every three years. “Trump’s announcements about Cuba could have been worse,” said Artemio, a taxi driver who covers the route from downtown Havana to José Martí International Airport. Many Cuban Americans are still spending their summer in Cuba or sending their children to visit relatives. Likewise, many Cubans are still spending extended time periods in the US, coming and going under five-year, multiple-entry visas that are one of the advantages gained from the recent period of rapprochement.

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