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Cuba: Outgoing President Raúl Castro Gives Final Speech at National Assembly

HeadlineApr 20, 2018

In Cuba, outgoing President Raúl Castro gave his final address at the National Assembly Thursday, after handing power over to his successor, Miguel Díaz-Canel. During his speech, Castro slammed the Trump administration.

President Raúl Castro: “Since the current U.S. president came to power, there has been a deliberate setback in relations between Cuba and the United States, and an aggressive and threatening tone prevails in the statements of said government. … American imperialism creates conflicts that generate waves of refugees. It pursues repressive, racist and discriminatory policies against migrants. It builds walls, militarizes borders. It makes unsustainable the pattern of production and consumption, and gets in the way of cooperation in confronting climate change.”

That was Raúl Castro, who served as Cuba’s president since 2008, when he succeeded his brother, Fidel Castro.

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