"If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the US as a whole, I will terminate deal," Trump said on Twitter.
Trump's hard line came just a day after his senior advisors promised to strike a "better deal" with the communist-ruled island after former leader Fidel Castro's death, without stating how this might affect the historic rapprochement begun under US President Barack Obama.
If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2016
While prominent Republicans have blasted Castro as a murderous tyrant since his death Friday, no one close to Trump had directly threatened to end the political opening announced in 2014 by Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro -- until Trump's today morning tweet.
His team has said the outgoing Democratic administration made too many concessions to Havana -- notably by easing the 1962 US economic embargo -- without receiving enough concessions in areas like human rights, democracy and the move toward a free-market economy.
"We've got to have a better deal," Trump's chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said on Fox News Sunday. Trump has only briefly addressed the Cuban revolutionary's demise, in an inelegant tweet early Saturday: "Fidel Castro is dead!"