HAVANA TIMES — US presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump weighed in today on the president Obama’s trip to Cuba that began on Sunday afternoon. Both politicians have previously supported the rapprochement between the two countries.
From Seattle, Washington, Sanders, who trails Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic Party nomination, issued this statement:
“I applaud President Obama for making history by traveling to Cuba and moving relations between our two countries into a new era. This is an approach that is long overdue. I continue to stand by his calls for Congress to fully lift the failed embargo. Fifty years of Cold War is enough. It is time for Cuba and the United States to turn the page and normalize relations.”
Meanwhile Republican Donald Trump, the leader in a now shortened field of three contenders, reacted to the treatment Obama received upon reaching Cuba.
“Wow, President Obama just landed in Cuba, something very important, and (Cuban President) Raul Castro was not even there to greet him. He has gone to meet the pope and others. Without respect,” wrote Republican candidate in his Twitter account.
Obama was met at the airport by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, Josefina Vidal, who has headed up official negotiations with the US, and the Cuban ambassador to Washington Jose Cabañas.
Obama and Raul Castro will meet on Monday morning, the beginning of the official program. The US president will also take part in a State dinner Monday evening in his honor at the Palace of the Revolution.
While saying he would try to get a “better deal” in the negotiations with Cuba, Trump has thus far supported the move by the Obama administration to open a new era in bilateral relations.