Cuban President Raul Castro Criticizes Donald Trump’s Trade Policy, Mexican Border Wall
Cuban President Raul Castro harshly criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration, trade and other policies on Sunday as Trump reviews a fragile detente with Communist-run Cuba begun by his predecessor Barack Obama.
In his first critical remarks directed at Trump since he took office, Castro termed his trade policies “egotistical” and his plan to build a wall along the Mexican border “irrational.”
Castro’s speech to a summit of leftist leaders in Venezuela was broadcast by state-run television on Sunday evening.
Before taking office, Trump threatened to torpedo the detente between the former Cold War foes unless a “better deal” could be struck, without providing details.
The White House said last month it was in the middle of “a full review of all U.S. policies toward Cuba.”
Castro said: “The new agenda of the U.S. government threatens to unleash an extreme and egotistical trade policy that will impact the competitiveness of our foreign trade; violate environmental agreements … hunt down and deport migrants.”
“You can’t contain poverty, catastrophes and migrants with walls, but with cooperation, understanding and peace,” Castro said.