President Trump Fulfills His Promise To Fight For Freedom
PRESIDENT TRUMP: "Last year I promised to be a voice against repression, in our region, remember, tremendous repression and a voice for the freedom of the Cuban people. You heard that pledge, you exercised the right you have to vote. You went out and you voted and here I am like I promised, like I promised. I promise you, I keep my promises. Sometimes in politics they take a little bit longer, but we get there, we get there. Don’t we get there? You better believe it Mike, we get there. Thank you, thank you, no we keep our promise. And now that I am your President, America will expose the crimes of the Castro regime and stand with the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom. Because, we know it is best for America to have freedom in our hemisphere whether in Cuba or Venezuela and to have a future where the people of each country can live out their own dreams. For nearly six decades, the Cuban people have suffered under communist domination. To this day, Cuba is ruled by the same people who killed tens of thousands of their own citizens, who sought to spread their repressive and failed ideology throughout our hemisphere and who once tried to host enemy nuclear weapons 90 miles from our shores. The Castro regime has shipped arms to North Korea and fueled chaos in Venezuela. While imprisoning innocents it has harbored cop killers, hijackers, and terrorists. It has supported human trafficking, forced labor and exploitation all around the globe. This is the simple truth of the Castro regime. My administration will not hide from it, excuse it, or glamorize it. And we will never, ever be blind to it. We know what's going on and we remember what happened."
President Trump Announces New Cuban Policy
PRESIDENT TRUMP: "Therefore, effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba. I am announcing today a new policy, just as I promised during the campaign and I will be signing that contract right at that table in just a moment. Our policy will seek a much better deal for the Cuban people and for the United states of America. We do not want US dollars to prop up a military monopoly that exploits and abuses the citizens of Cuba. Our new policy begins with strictly enforcing US law. We will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime until all political prisoners are free, freedoms of assembly and expression are respected, all political parties are legalized, and free and internationally supervised elections are scheduled. Elections. We will very strongly restrict American dollars flowing to the military, security, and intelligence services that are the core of the Castro regime, they will be restricted. We will enforce the ban on tourism. We will enforce the embargo. We will take concrete steps to ensure that investments flow directly to the people so they can open private businesses and begin to build their country’s great, great future, a country of great potential. My action today bypasses the military and the government to help the Cuban people themselves form businesses and pursue much better lives. We will keep in place the safeguards to prevent Cubans from risking their lives to unlawful travel to the United States. They are in such danger the way they have to come to this country and we are going to be safeguarding those people. We have to, we have no choice. We have to. And we will work for the day when a new generation of leaders brings this long reign of suffering to an end. And I do believe that end is in the very near future. We challenge Cuba to come to the table with a new agreement that is in the best interest of both their people and our people and also of Cuban-Americans. To the Cuban government, I say put an end to the abuse of dissidents, release the political prisoners, stop jailing innocent people, open yourselves to political and economic freedoms, return the fugitives from American justice, including the return of the cop-killer Joanne Chesimard, and, finally, hand over the Cuban military criminals who shot down and killed four brave members of Brothers to the Rescue who were in unarmed, small, slow civilian planes."
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