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Cuba-US relations: One step forward, one giant Trump leap back

When I visited Cuba in December, the Cubans and Americans I met were all optimistic about the continued thawing of relations between the two countries following Barack Obama’s historic easing of restrictions.

But, leave it to Donald Trump to make that one more thing on the list of everything he is massively screwing up:

Trump said Cuba had secured far too many concessions from the U.S. but “now those days are over.”

Trump has ordered tighter restrictions on Americans travelling to Cuba and a clamp-down on U.S. business dealings with the Cuban military.

He said penalties on Cuba would remain in place until its government releases political prisoners, stops abusing dissidents and respects freedom of expression.

This makes me really sad on behalf of everyone affected.

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