CUBAN Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez rejected President Donald Trump’s new policy toward the island yesterday, declaring: “We will never negotiate under pressure or under threat.”
He also refused the US president’s demand to return US fugitives who have received asylum in Cuba, calling them political refugees.
Mr Rodriguez said that Mr Trump’s restrictions on transactions with the Cuban military would not achieve the US’s objective of weakening the government but instead would strengthen unity behind the leadership in Havana.
Mr Trump had told an audience of Cuban-American exiles and Cuban dissidents in Miami at the weekend that the US would consider lifting restrictions only after Cuba returned fugitives and made internal political changes to suit US demands.
“The harbouring of criminals and fugitives will end. You have no choice. It will end,” he blustered to Havana.
“Cuba will not make concessions that harm its sovereignty. We have never done, in the history of the revolution,” Mr Rodriguez responded.