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After Fidel Castro's death, Donald Trump wants to see freedom in Cuba: official

A transition team spokesman said that Trump is 'aware of the nuances and complexities' in Cuba

IANS  |  Washington 

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Amid uncertainty of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's policy, a transition team spokesman said Trump wants to see freedom for the and is aware of the "nuances and complexities" in Cuba, media reports said.

"To be clear, the president-elect wants to see freedom in for the and a good deal for Americans where we aren't played for fools," Trump's communications director, Jason Miller said .

He added that Trump is "aware of the nuances and complexities" in Cuba, but he will address the situation on the island once he takes office, Efe news agency reported.

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro's death at age 90 last Friday has not changed the billionaire New York real estate developer's stance on policy toward Havana, Miller said.

"Our priorities are the release of political prisoners, return of fugitives from American law, and also political and religious freedoms for all living in oppression," he said.

The White House weighed in on Trump's comments, warning that disengagement with would be difficult and carry a high cost at this point.

"It's just not as simple as one tweet would make it seem," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

"There are significant diplomatic, economic (and) cultural costs that will have to be accounted for if this policy is rolled back," Earnest said.

Earnest said reversing course on relations with Havana would have an economic impact on Cubans.

"There will be an economic impact in the US and Cuba of unwinding that policy," the White House spokesman said.



First Published: Tue, November 29 2016. 08:07 IST