Besides castigating "Rocket Boy" -- North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un -- and threatening to utterly destroy the communist dicatorship, in his first speech to the United Nations, President Donald Trump also criticized Cuba. Despite the warming of bilateral relations experienced by the two countries under the Obama administration, relations have since soured beccause of still unexplained injuries suffered by American diplomats in the Cuban capital. American diplomats have been deafened and suffered concussions from what is theorized to be a powerful weapon that directs sonic energy at its victims. Cuba has offered o explanation, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has threatened to pull Americans out of Havana.
During his speech to the UN, Trump repeated his promise that he will serve American interests first, but invited other nations to do the same. As for Cuba, Trump said that his administration will not lift sanctions on the Communist island until it makes substantial reforms.
"Nations of the world must take a greater role in promoting secure and prosperous societies in their own regions," Trump said. He condemned "corrupt" Cuba and applauded the Cuban people and their dreams of "freedom."
"That is why in the western hemisphere, the United States has stood against the corrupt, destabilizing regime in Cuba and embraced the endearing dream of the Cuban people to live in freedom," Trump said. "My administration recently announced that we will not lift sanctions on the Cuban government until it makes fundamental reforms," Trump said.
In June, Trump announced a revised US policy toward Cuba. The new policy does away with travel by individuals traveling alone to Cuba, while also banning future American business transactions with Cuba's military. He seeks to further restrict travel and commercial policies put into place by Obama over the last two years, having the goal of limiting the flow of dollars to Cuba's government and military. Trump seeks to pressure Cuba's government to permit the local private sector to grow, but also to cease its decades-long repression, torture, and imprisonment of political dissidents that has only increased since the thaw in US/Cuba relations.
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.