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Sat Jun 17, 2017, 08:07 PM

Tougher Trump Stance On Cuba Delights Cuban Hardliners

HAVANA (CBSMiami/AP) ó President Donald Trumpís tougher stance toward Cuba has delighted hardliners on the island, who say it reveals the long-held U.S. aim of imposing American will on Cuba and justifies their wariness toward Washington.

The presidentís speech to Cuban exiles in Miami has also dismayed moderates who were working with pro-engagement Americans but now fear association with a policy of open hostility toward the communist system could make them targets for repression.

Trump and the Cuban-American Congress members who helped design the new policy pledged on Friday that it would block the flow of U.S. cash toward military-linked enterprises and direct it toward independent businesses, with the long-term aim of overturning President Raul Castroís government.

Members of Cubaís small but vibrant independent civil society say they fear the new policy will do more harm than good.

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http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/06/17/tougher-trump-stance-cuba-delights-hardliners-island/

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