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The Morning After the Night Before

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It was hard not to notice the night of November 8 and the following “morning after the night before.”  Around the world people went to bed or woke up the next morning shocked and speechless.  The most unlikely candidate, Donald Trump, had won the American election for the Presidency. There is uncertainty about what a Trump presidency will mean for diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.  The negative global reaction to the Trump win was to be expected – based on the type of campaign he ran. His campaign was one based on fear, racism, hatred, and surrounded by allegations of sexual harassment and scandal.  Who can blame anyone for their reactions after the lengthy run up to the elections? His position on Cuba has dilly-dallied and wavered in the wind over the years. Back in the 1990s though, judging by his actions, he appeared very enthusiastic about doing business in Cuba.  According to Newsweek, one of Trump’s companies in the 1990s: “… secretly conducted business in Communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings. Documents show…

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