Cuba’s Ambassador to U.S. Gives First-Ever Exclusive Media Interview
José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez Talks About U.S.-Cuba Relations with
The Washington Diplomat in the Wake of Fidel Castro’s Death and Donald Trump’s Election
WASHINGTON, DC (Nov. 30, 2016) — José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, who became Cuba’s ambassador to the United States in September 2015, gives his first-ever interview to any U.S. media outlet in The Washington Diplomat’s exclusive December 2016 cover profile.
During the extensive sit-down meeting — which took place only one week after Donald Trump’s victory and shortly before Fidel Castro’s death — Cabañas spoke about President Obama’s historic rapprochement with Havana and the seismic changes sweeping the island. The cover profile explores the ramifications of a Trump presidency and Castro’s demise, as well as the progress made in bilateral relations since Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raúl Castro, surprised the world by announcing that their two countries would restore full diplomatic ties after more than 50 years of enmity.
“Some people think we’re moving too slow, others think we’re too fast. But for me, the core issue is the way we have been able to talk with respect,” Cabañas told Larry Luxner, news editor of The Diplomat, who visited the island in September on the inaugural JetBlue flight to Cuba.
Cabañas, who has represented Cuba in Washington since 2012, talked at length about the trade and travel restrictions that have been lifted by the Obama administration, the harmful effects of the U.S. trade embargo, the complicated history between the two former Cold War adversaries, warming American attitudes toward the communist island and areas where both countries can cooperate, from biotechnology to fighting terrorism.
The December 2016 edition of The Washington Diplomat also features a comprehensive special report on President Obama’s legacy — from the Iranian nuclear agreement to his Asia pivot to climate change — and how Donald Trump plans to undo that legacy.
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