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Panel: Relations between Cuba, U.S. remain uncertain under Trump

Carlos Cozzaglio, with AFP and Univision News, speaks during a Drone Video Training session at Hispanicize 2017 in Miami.
Carlos Cozzaglio, with AFP and Univision News, speaks during a Drone Video Training session at Hispanicize 2017 in Miami. pportal@miamiherald.com

It is still uncertain what will happen between the United States and Cuba under President Donald Trump, several journalists who took part in a panel discussion on that topic at the Hispanicize 2017 conference in Miami said Tuesday.

“It’s a mystery. Nobody knows, nobody knows when Trump is going to take a step,” said Pablo de Llano, the Florida and Cuba correspondent for the El País newspaper. “He will have some dialogue with the Cuban American community, apparently Senator Marco Rubio is trying to influence the issue, but what can be deduced is that it is not at all a priority.”

De Llano was joined on the panel, “What is the future of relations between Cuba and the United States in 2017?,” by Rick Jervis, USA Today correspondent; Myriam Márquez, executive editor of el Nuevo Herald; Angie Sandoval, Telemundo correspondent; and Hatzel Vela, Cuba correspondent for WPLG Local 10.

“What interests Cuba is to have the embargo lifted in order to have access to the credits that other countries have,” Márquez said. “Venezuela is on fire. They know they do not have much time. So what can the Raúl Castro regime do to change that equation, with a man like Trump, who no one knows which way he is going to turn? That’s going to be the most interesting thing.”

The thaw between the U.S. and Cuba, spurred by the Obama administration, was also addressed by panelists.

“The population has not seen much of that transformation,” Sandoval said. “What is true is that people have been able to dream about seeing something more. But the one that has benefited the most economically with the opening is the Cuban government.”

...the one that has benefited the most economically with the opening is the Cuban government.

Angie Sandoval, Telemundo

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