President Trump’s effort to “unravel everything Obama did” has extended to the United States policy towards Cuba. On Friday, 45 demanded that Cuba return social activist Joanne Chesimard, more notably known as Assata Shakur, and other American fugitives before the longstanding embargo could be lifted.
“To the Cuban government, I say, put an end to the abuse of dissidents, release the political prisoners, stop jailing innocent people, open yourselves to political and economic freedoms, return the fugitives from American justice, including the return of the cop killer Joanne Chesimard,” Trump said.Assata Shakur is a former member of the Black Liberation Army, who had been serving a life sentence in prison for the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster,
Assata Shakur, a former member of the Black Liberation Army, had been serving a life sentence in prison for the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, NY Daily reports. She escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba where she was granted political asylum.
According to the Post, Trump’s new policy would reverse some of President Barack Obama’s restored diplomatic ties with the communist island nation. Americans would no longer be able to stay in U.S.-based hotels that operate in Cuba.
“We have invested significant resources establishing a presence in Cuba, and with one hotel open and another in the pipeline we have just begun our work creating opportunity and a more vibrant tourism sector on the island,” Marriott, the only U.S. hotel company with a property open in Cuba, said in a statement viewed by the Post.
“We are still analyzing the policy directive issued by the President today, and its full effect on our current and planned operations in Cuba may depend on related forthcoming regulations,” the company said.