Cuba Standard shared CDA Executive Director Sarah Stephens’ article, “Calling Rex Tillerson,” on March 4, 2017. It was originally published in our Cuba Central News Brief. The article can be found on the Cuba Standard website or in the March 3, 2017 News Brief. For a brief excerpt, see below.
Where do things stand with the Trump Administration and U.S.-Cuba relations?
Recall that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made clear, as candidates, that without concessions from Cuba’s government, they would reverse President Obama’s major changes in U.S.-Cuba relations on Day One. This threat continues to rattle Cubans.
President Raúl Castro, speaking in January, made clear that no one should expect Cuba to “renounce its ideals of independence and social justice or abandon any of our principles, or give in an inch in the defense of our national sovereignty.”
Even though the battle has yet to be joined, we’ve seen this array of forces before: the immutable force of Washington’s demands for existential changes in Cuba’s system poised to collide with the immovable object of Cuban sovereignty.