On Sunday, in a broadcast speech that took place during a summit in Venezuela, Cuban president Raul Castro said President Trump’s immigration policies are “egotistical” and “irrational,” according to Reuters.
Castro’s remarks follow Trump’s pledge to do away with the detente between Cuba and the U.S., orchestrated under the Obama administration, unless a better deal can be made between the two countries.
“The new agenda of the U.S. government threatens to unleash an extreme and egotistical trade policy that will impact the competitiveness of our foreign trade, violate environmental agreements … hunt down and deport migrants,” said Castro.
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Castro, the leader of communist-run Cuba, went on to say that the U.S. has an unjust economic system that is causing poverty and inequality, Reuters reports.
“You can’t contain poverty, catastrophes, and migrants with walls, but with cooperation, understanding, and peace,” Castro said.
The United States has kept Cuba at a distance because of statist communist policies for decades, in hopes that it would change.
During the last few months of his administration, Obama used executive orders to do away with the more than 50 years of restricted trade and travel between Cuba and the U.S.
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