President Trump delivered an impassioned speech on Cuba during a visit to Miami on Friday. Most important, Trump signed a presidential directive to nullify portions of Obama's "one-sided" Cuba deal.
The local CBS affiliate summarizes and the speech is featured above:
Surrounded by Cuban dissidents and U.S. lawmakers, President Donald Trump signed off on changes to the United States’ policy with Cuba – a move meant to empower the Cuban people as opposed to enriching the Castro regime.
The president had vowed to undo parts of President Barack Obama’s policy that restored relations with Cuba especially when it came to travel and business.
“I am cancelling the previous administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” said President Trump. “Our policy will seek a much better deal for the Cuban people and for the United States of America…Our new policy begins with strictly enforcing U.S. law.”
Trump scolded the Castro regime, saying the previous administration’s policy was not helping the Cuban people but enriching the regime.
“America will expose the crimes of the Castro Regime….It is best for America to have freedom in our hemisphere,” said President Trump.
The president says he will enforce the embargo as part of the policychange and challenges Cuba.
“We challenge Cuba to come to the table with a new agreement that is in the best interest of their people, of our people and of Cuban-Americans,” said Trump. “Put an end to the abuse of dissidents, release political prisoners, stop jailing innocent people, open yourself to political and economic freedoms.”
Before the president spoke, a number of Republican leaders spoke about the change and what they want for the future of Cuba.
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart said the new policy ensures the Cuban military will no longer benefit from increased trade and travel.
“To the Cuban people, the president of the United States stands with you,” said Diaz-Balart.
“Mark my words – whether it’s 6 months or 6 years, Cuba will be free,” said Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
“My fellow Americans, welcome to history,” said Vice President Mike Pence. “Cuba si, Castro no.”
The speech was one of the more powerful Trump has delivered and showed the kind of leadership that saw him elected president.