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Miami Radio Host: Trump Has 'Realistic' View of Castro's Cuba

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By    |   Saturday, 26 Nov 2016 03:17 PM

President-elect Donald Trump has a "realistic point of view" when it comes to Cuban-American relations, and moving forward after Fidel Castro's death will likely require Raul Castro's regime to submit to concessions to keep relations moving forward with the United States, Carlos Perez, a former Cuba advisor for President Ronald Reagan, said Saturday.

Castro has to be "confronted with reality," Perez, now a Miami talk radio personality, told Newsmax in a telephone interview, while President Barack Obama's policy for normalizing relations with Cuba "was a distraction," and "helped formalize" Fidel Castro's hold over Cuba.

Fidel Castro, who died Friday night at the age of 90, was an "evil genius" and an "evil man who had some magic influence over Cubans," said Perez, and he expects the dictator's death will "open minds of the Cuban people" to the reality they had faced over the past 56-57 years, but it will take some time.

Castro and his supporters were "delinquents," not "revolutionaries," and moving forward, President-elect Donald Trump will need to develop a policy that does not give incentives or rewards to his brother's administration moving forward, Perez said, and "how to do that is difficult."

It would help immensely if Radio Marti, the network founded by Reagan Republicans and Cuban hardliners in 1983 to broadcast information to Cuba, were to be used even more, Perez noted.

That service, along with Television Marti, broadcasts from Miami into Cuba, and Perez praised it Saturday for giving "real information, objective information."

"Information is what is needed in Cuba to do what is necessary," said Perez, but radio is more suited to spread the message than television in the poverty-stricken island.

Trump could also incentivize the Cuban military once he is office, Perez said, giving it rewards to support the nation's freedom.

Meanwhile, Cubans are "sick and tired" from Fidel Castro's regime, Perez said and he is optimistic for the people of his homeland moving forward, and for people in other nations such as Venezuela, where Castro controlled over them and other Latin American nation emotionally.

Perez said he also does not think Raul Castro will have the power and control his brother did, as he "doesn't have the brain and the mystique" his older brother had.

"Fidel was the brain, Raul is the organizer," said Perez, and he does not believe Raul Castro knows how to develop Cuba's economic holding power.

Perez said he would also like to see the air flights to Cuba that began under Obama to come to an end, as Castro has done nothing in return for the services.

"Trump is 'Art of the Deal,'" Perez said. "We will have a re-evaluation of the deal, that's what Trump is going to do."

Cuba's future now belongs to democracy, Perez said, as Fidel Castro's regime was a "disaster from all points of view" that left Cuba in "ruins."

Castro, he continued, was "not a true Communist," but he was "evil" and wanted to be in power, and used the doctrines to achieve his means.

"He was an admirer of [Italian dictator] Benito Mussolini," Perez said of the late Cuban dictator.

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President-elect Donald Trump has a "realistic point of view" when it comes to Cuban-American relations, and moving forward after Fidel Castro's death will likely require Raul Castro's regime to submit to concessions to keep relations moving forward with the United States.
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