US-Cuba relations in question after Castro death

US-Cuba relations in question after Castro death

The world is still reeling from the death of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. There are big questions about the future of US-Cuban relations with President-elect Donald Trump in the driver’s seat.

10News political reporter Mark Rivera and political expert Dr. Lars Hafner show you what you can expect:

RIVERA: Where does the President-elect stand on Cuba?

HAFNER: Well, just like many issues during the campaign, Donald Trump took hardline on Cuba. He in a speech down in Miami actually stated that he'd go into the office and on the first day he would again rip up the agreements because it was an executive order that allowed for us to normalize relations. As President, he could back off that. But now with Fidel Castro having passed, I think this gives him a little bit more wiggle room for him to kind of step back and say, "what should we do with Cuba now? Can we maybe negotiate," as he likes to say, "a better deal with Raul Castro because Fidel is no longer around."

But what it also does is it allows him to really play to the business interests and the business community that wants to have relations with Cuba.

RIVERA: Fidel Castro is a symbolic figure in many ways.

HAFNER: He was but Raul Castro still knew that he was his brother and while he was alive, I don't think wanted to allow for different things to take place. We don't know what kind of leader Raul Castro will be now that Fidel is no longer there watching over him and some type of capacity.

The United States and Cuba are going to have to feel each other out and see whether there is more movement towards, perhaps, a democracy there. But what will happen with the hardliners in Congress and how will they play it; that's what Trump's real problem will be.


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