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For CUBA, any U.S. PRESIDENT will be better than TRUMP

A construction worker pushes a wheelbarrow near the Embassy of the United States of America in Havana, which was closed by President Donald Trump.
A construction worker pushes a wheelbarrow near the Embassy of the United States of America in Havana, which was closed by President Donald Trump.

CUBA: Most Cubans don’t know Joe Biden, or what policies he will pursue toward the Communist island, but they are crystal clear on one thing: any US president will be better than Donald Trump.

In the Presidential election, Trump owed his big win in the US state of Florida in large part to his strident denunciation of leftist governments in Latin America, which resonated loudly and clearly with conservative Cuban-Americans in Miami who loathe the Communist Government in Havana.

But for people living in Cuba, which has been under Communist leadership for six decades, Trump’s accusations of Biden’s leftist leanings make them smile disbelievingly.

“I’m not the type to trust an American President, but given the situation, I prefer the other one over Trump,” Pablo Zalvidar, a 57-year-old parking attendant, told AFP.

After a historic rapprochement at the end of 2014 and the policy of openness led by Barack Obama, Trump’s arrival in the White House was like a cold shower for Cuba.

His reelection would have been “a disaster or an apocalyptic threat” for Cuba, said political expert Jorge Gomez Barata.

In four years, Trump’s administration enacted 130 measures to reinforce the US embargo on Cuba, many of which affected the population and the fledgling private sector: restricting on sending money to family in Cuba, suspending US cruises and most direct flights from the US, closing the US consulate in Havana...

But Cubans haven’t forgotten: since the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro, the island has gone through 12 US Presidents -- and Democrats have historically enacted the toughest policies.

Biden, though, has a point in his favor: even if he remains unknown on the island, as Obama’s Vice President, he encouraged collaboration between the two countries in a number of sectors and contributed to family reunification between Cuba and the Cuban diaspora.

On Sunday, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel struck a tactful tone when he congratulated Biden on his victory, hailing “the new direction” taken by the American people and saying he believes in “the possibility of having a constructive bilateral relation while respecting our differences.”

- AFP