Wednesday, December 07, 2016
General Public Disagrees With Trump About Cuba
The charts above were made from information in a recent Economist / YouGov Poll -- done on November 28th and 29th of a random national sample of 1,451 adults, and has a margin of error of 3.1 points.
After the death of Fidel Castro, Donald Trump once again showed his poor grasp of foreign relations. He said he would make demands of the Cuban leadership, and if those demands were not met, he would undo all that President Obama has done to put us back on the road to normalcy with Cuba.
That makes me wonder -- where has Trump been for the last 57 years. The United States has tried to change Cuba through bullying tactics for more than 50 years (since 1959), with threats and a failed embargo (which no one in the rest of the world recognizes anymore). What did it accomplish? NOTHING!
The government and the people of Cuba have shown us that they will not be bullied by the U.S. (or anyone else). Erasing the accomplishments of the Obama administration will not be any more successful than the bullying we have tried since 1959. In addition, it's not what the people of the United States want.
As the charts above show, the American public wants to normalize relations with Cuba. They want to be able to travel to Cuba, and they want to be able to trade with Cuba -- buying Cuban products and selling our own products to Cubans.
If Trump follows through on this ridiculous threat, it will just further convince the public that he is not going to be a good president.