Cuba Responds to Trump’s Affront

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Cuba Responds to Trump’s Affront
by Stephen Lendman
Playing to his neocon base, along with south Florida anti-Cuban extremists, Trump slammed the door on improved US relations with the island state – the latest administration embarrassment.
On Friday evening, Cuba’s leadership responded as follows:
“The Cuban Government denounces the new measures to tighten the blockade, which are doomed to fail as has been shown repeatedly in the past, and which will not achieve its purpose to weaken the Revolution or to defeat the Cuban people, whose resistance to the aggressions of Any type and origin has been proven over almost six decades.”
“The Government of Cuba also reiterates its willingness to continue respectful dialogue and cooperation on issues of mutual interest, as well as the negotiation of pending bilateral issues with the United States Government.”
“The United States is not in a position to give us lessons. We have serious concerns about the respect and guarantees of human rights in that country, where there are numerous cases of murders, brutality and police abuses, particularly against the African American population.”
“The right to life is violated as a result of gun deaths. Child labor is being exploited, and there are serious manifestations of racial discrimination.”
“Threatening to impose more restrictions on health services, would leave (at least) 23 million (more) people without health insurance.”
“There is a wage inequality between men and women. Migrants and refugees are marginalized, particularly those from Islamic countries.”
“Its intention to erect walls will denigrate neighbors and abandon international commitments to preserve the environment and address climate change.”
Trump’s Presidential Policy Directive is scheduled to take effect in 90 days. Maybe he’ll take further steps to prevent improved relations with Cuba.
In a few short months in office, he broke every responsible policy pledged.
Instead of draining the swamp, he filled it with hawkish generals, billionaires and neocons. He delegated economic and financial policy to Goldman Sachs.
He kept power in Washington instead of “giving it back to you, the people.”
“(C)hanges starting right here and right now” never happened.
“The forgotten men and women of our country” continue being ignored.
“The American carnage (didn’t stop) right here and right now.”
“The oath of office (he took was) an oath of allegiance” to America’s privileged class, not “all Americans,” as promised.
Instead of “unit(ing) the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism,” he supports it in multiple US war theaters.
Instead of making America proud, prosperous and great again, he made it more of a pariah state in a few short months in office.
Looking ahead, it’s hard being optimistic after being betrayed so many times before – Trump like all the others infesting Washington, part of a corrupted system too debauched to fix.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.