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>> The exit of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, who died this weekend, and the prepared entry of President-Elect Donald Trump into the White House, sparking new questions about the future relationship between the two nations, once bitter enemies, now on friendlier terms. A post-election Trump offering few clues, initially responding to the news with a simple tweet, Fidel Castro is dead!
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Reuters correspondent, Roberta Rampton, is following the Trump transition team in Florida.>> Trump put out a statement today saying that his administration is gonna do all that it can to, in his words, begin to help Cubans finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. But what he didn't say is whether he would make good on a campaign promise he made late in his campaign to roll back what President Obama has done in terms of lifting restrictions on financial and commercial and travel activity.
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And so that's lead some people to think that maybe Trump is gonna try to find a pragmatic approach.>> But Trump will have to go through diehards in his own party to keep what President Obama described Saturday as a team effort that has, quote, worked hard to put the past behind us, as he offered Cubans a hand of friendship at this emotional moment.
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The strong and vociferous Cuban exile wing of the Republican party wasting no time in making a plea to the President-elect.>> I hope that the new administration under the leadership of President Trump seizes this moment as an opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to the Cuban people. That it will pressure the Castro regime by rolling back these executive actions of the Obama administration.
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>> And Republican Senator Marco Rubio posting on Twitter, now more than ever, Congress and the new administration must stand with them against their brutal rulers and support their struggle for freedom and basic human rights. But some experts tell Reuters, staunch anti-Castro lawmakers in the US may find less of a sympathetic air from a pro-business Trump, who might decide a soft approach may work best in this case.