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    RNC Chair Says Trump May Demand 'Better Deal' to Normalize US-Cuba Ties

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    US President-elect Donald Trump may revise the current US policy aimed at political and economic rapprochement with Cuba and seek for a "better deal" with Havana, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Under outgoing President Barack Obama and after more than 50 years of non-engagement and hostilities, Washington restored diplomatic relations with Cuba in July 2015, despite continuing to have serious disagreements over the situation with human rights in this island nation.

    "President-elect Trump has been pretty clear… We’ve got to have a better deal," Priebus told Fox News in an interview.

    According to Priebus, Cuban leader Raul Castro will have to "meet our demands" if his is interested in continuation of the rapprochement with the United States.

    On Saturday, Trump lambasted deceased Cuban leader Fidel Castro as a "brutal dictator" and vowed to ensure the island nation’s liberty and prosperity in the years ahead.

    The United States announced a complete economic blockade of Cuba in 1960 during the Cold War due to differences between Washington and the Soviet-backed communist government in Havana. While the two countries reopened embassies in their respective capitals in July 2015, the congressionally-mandated US trade embargo continues to remain in effect.


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