Cuba in the Age of Trump

January 26, 2017

On August 31st, 2016, the first commercial flight directly from the United States to Cuba touched down on the once-forbidden island's soil. It was a tangible result of nearly three years of efforts from the Obama administration to ease 58 years of tension between the U.S. and Cuba by relaxing trade and travel restrictions, restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba and taking the island nation off the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror.

But any security of lasting reparations was short-lived. The 2016 presidential election and the death of Fidel Castro marked November with uncertainty. The former Cuban dictator's death was the emblematic end of an anti-democratic era for Cuban people, but the impending closure of the Obama era proved to have a far bigger impact – and the relationship with Cuba seemed to grow even more fragile when Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States on November 8th – only 70 days after that first commercial flight.

Recent Articles

Date Title
1/31/17 Florida governor puts provision in proposed budget to block trade with Cuba
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
1/31/17 U.S. refugee program for citizens of all countries will be suspended for 120 days
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
1/31/17 Airlines gearing up to protect flights to Cuba
Melanie Zanona, The Hill
1/30/17 Trump's Cuba Opportunity
1/30/17 Waiting for change in Cuba
John Caulfield, The Hill
1/29/17 Dumping medicine, faking patients: Cuban doctors describe a system that breeds fraud
Jim Wyss, Miami Herald
1/26/17 Current Record
1/26/17 Florida company gets OK to ship electric cars to Cuba
Melanie Zanona, The Hill
1/26/17 Port cancels signing of pact with Cuba after Gov. Scott threatens to cut funding
Amy Sherman, Mimi Whitefield, and Patricia Mazzei
1/25/17 Cuba's Castro warns Trump to respect country's sovereignty
Nelson Acosta, Reuters
1/25/17 Governor wants funds cut for South Florida ports that ink Cuba deals
Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald
1/24/17 Trump’s New Cuba Negotiator Fought For Stronger Cuba Ties
Hayes Brown, Buzzfeed
1/24/17 Charcoal — the first legal cargo from Cuba in more than 50 years — arrives at Port Everglades
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
1/24/17 Changes to immigration policy will not stem the Cuban exodus, those on the island say
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
1/23/17 Bronx Museum Won’t Get Loan of Art From Cuba
Randy Kennedy
1/22/17 Artist 'El Sexto' walks out of prison in Cuba
Andrea Torres, WPLG
1/19/17 Hundreds of Cuban migrants seeking U.S. entry stranded across the Americas
Mario J. Pentón, Miami Herald
1/19/17 Cuban doctors get a new shot at emigration — if applications were submitted prior to cutoff
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
1/18/17 U.S. provides some answers to lingering questions on new immigration policy for Cubans
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
1/18/17 Artist jailed in Cuba since November for anti-Fidel Castro graffiti may be released Jan. 28
Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News
1/18/17 US, Mexico, Cuba ready to sign 'Doughnut Hole' deal in Gulf waters
Reuters, Fox News
1/17/17 Top diplomatic negotiator in Cuba warns Trump: 'aggression doesn't work'
Helen Yaffe, The Guardian
1/17/17 U.S.-Cuba detente supporters make last-ditch effort to sway Trump
Marc Frank, YAHOO
1/17/17 CSG and 17 Other Cosigners Urge President-Elect Trump to Review and Pursue Engagement Policy with Cuba
1/17/17 Treasury Department reaches settlement with pro-Cuba activist accused of violating embargo
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
1/17/17 In final days, Obama administration signs law enforcement pact with Cuba
Gregory Korte, USA Today
1/16/17 Cuba’s Raul Castro Meets with U.S. Chamber of Commerce President
Reuters, Fortune
1/16/17 ‘Marielitos’ Face Long-Delayed Reckoning: Expulsion to Cuba
Frances Robles, New York Times
1/16/17 Don’t expect Trump to reinstate special immigration status for Cubans
Patricia Mazzei, Lesley Clark, and Nora Gámez Torres
1/12/17 U.S. and Cuba meet to discuss human trafficking and confiscated property claims
Abel Fernández, Miami Herald
1/12/17 US rescinds 'wet foot, dry foot' policy for Cubans
David Adams and Lorena Arroyo, Univision
1/12/17 As Cuban tourism booms, U.S. travel companies wonder: What will Trump do?
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
1/11/17 Tillerson says Trump is prepping to review Obama’s Cuba policy
Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post
1/10/17 Cuba’s Budding Private Sector Looks Nervously to Future
Juan Forero, Wall Street Journal
1/10/17 Miami’s Cuban Jews ponder the meaning of Trump’s pick for international negotiator
Franco Ordoñez, Miami Herald
1/9/17 Cuba, United States sign oil spill deal before Trump inauguration
Marc Frank, Reuters
1/9/17 Cuban American lost his business bid after obtaining permanent residence in Cuba
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
1/9/17 Eight Myths About Obama’s Opening To Cuba
William M. LeoGrande, Huffington Post
1/8/17 Kerry’s ‘exit’ memo to Obama on Cuba, other countries sounds as if it’s aimed at Trump
Franco Ordoñez, Miami Herald
1/5/17 Artisanal charcoal to become 1st Cuban export to US
Associated Press, Chicago Tribune
1/5/17 Former diplomats urge Trump to undo ‘unlawful’ Obama Cuba policy
Patricia Mazzei and Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
1/5/17 U.S. trade with Cuba figures don’t add up
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
1/4/17 The U.S.-Cuba relationship changed — and so did the lives of these dancers
Jordan Levin, Miami Herald
1/4/17 Cuba says 'yes' to English as tourism flourishes
Will Grant, BBC
1/3/17 Exploring The Shadowy World Of A Cuban Feminist Legend
Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post
1/2/17 Coast Guard returns 29 attempted migrants to Cuba in one week
Alex Harris, Miami Herald
1/2/17 Cuba marks anniversary of revolution with show of military strength
Reuters, The Guardian
1/2/17 Coast Guard returns 29 attempted migrants to Cuba in one week
Alex Harris, Miami Herald