Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Letters to the Editor of the New York Times: Trump’s Hypocrisy on Cuba

June 4, 2017

To the Editor: 

The appalling cynicism of the Trump White House is on display once again in “citing human rights abuses by the Castro government as justification for a more punitive approach” (“Trump Weighs Reviving Curbs on Cuba Trips,” front page, June 1). 

Repeatedly, President Trump has shown fervent admiration for leaders who abuse human rights to the extent of murdering their own citizens, such as Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt and, of course, Vladimir Putin of Russia.

What did the Castro brothers do wrong to exclude themselves from Mr. Trump’s circle of love? 

The answer, of course, lies in the previous administration’s success in improving relations with our neighbor. 

If Barack Obama did something, Mr. Trump has to undo it. That seems to be the only coherent policy emerging from the Trump White House. 

KATHY HIEATT, BROOKLYN

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