The first question raised at the briefing the press Secretary of the President of the USA Josh Ernest, concerned possible changes in Cuban-American relations and Washington’s policy toward Havana in connection with the death of Fidel Castro.
“From the point of view of the US, I would not expect changes in progress, which we are committed to normalize relations with Cuba,” said Ernest. According to him, we cannot say that the US is “all happy” in the ongoing policy of improving relations, but are satisfied that the relationship has come progress.
The restoration of official diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50-year hiatus, became one of the main achievements of the second term of current President Barack Obama. However, the President-elect Donald trump in the election campaign have repeatedly criticized this decision, arguing that in Cuba, nothing has changed and the country is not demonstrating movement towards openness and rejection of totalitarianism.
After the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the official White house made very sleek statement, while trump, who will take the presidency on 20 January 2017, openly called Castro “a brutal dictator”. He also promised that his administration will do everything possible to ensure that the Cuban people began their path to prosperity and freedom.
“Today the whole world is discussing the demise of a brutal dictator that oppressed his people for six decades. While Cuba remains an island of totalitarianism, I hope this day will mark the transition from the horrors that lasted too long, a future in which a beautiful Cuban people will finally be free, he so justly deserves,” reads the statement of the elected President of the United States.
Later, trump said he will cancel the agreement on the normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba unless Havana agrees to review its terms more favorable to the Cuban people and Americans. What are the parameters of the deal need to be reviewed, he said. However, the chief of staff to the elected President Raines Priebus in an interview, Fox explained the position of his boss.
“The President-elect trump has made it pretty clear,” said Priebus. “We need to get a better deal”. According to him, Havana will have to open markets, ensure freedom of religion and to put an end to other violations of human rights.
August 14, 2015 in Havana, a solemn ceremony of opening of the American Embassy. The ceremony was attended by U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry, who called the moment historic. In March 2016, Cuba was visited by President Barack Obama, the visit of the head of the US administration became the first in the previous 88 years.