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>> former cuban leader fidel castro is dead, he was 90 years of age. you heard the sounds of cheering in the streets of miami. cuban exiles who escaped his regime celebrated after hearing of his death. >> i want to take you to havana. a different scene there. streets are quiet. people found out the cuban revolutionary who installed a communist government in the country has died. and this time, it is not a rumor as has been many times before. fidel castro's brother and cuba's president raul castro making the statement on tv. this video i want to share with you will be from his 90th birthday celebration in august. there he is. fidel castro here. in the u.s. president elect donald trump tweeted very simply, fidel castro is dead.
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with an exclamation point. cnn is covering the story from all angles. we have patrick oppman in miami. i want to go straight to chris moody in miami. because what a scene it has been in little havana, not just overnight. we thought it would subside, but even where you are now. >> reporter: that's right. celebrations have gone on since the middle of the night when people here in the exile community in little havana in miami spilled into the streets and they have been celebrating and cheering and throwing impromptu parades down the streets for hours now. just shortly before this, we were on the sidewalk and cars were coming by and there were just so many people. they opened the street back up for people to pour back into. police have closed the street to traffic. people are back here celebrating and dancing and singing. we had an opportunity to talk to
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people here about why they feel so strongly about this and are so happy about fidel castro's death. give it a listen. >> i've been waiting for 56 years for this night. and i thank god it happened at thanksgiving. >> this is an important day for me. do you know what? my grandfather suffered a lot to see the man that took everything from him, to see him dead today. so you know what? this is an emotional day for me today. as a cuban american. >> reporter: some people might see the celebration and wonder how can you celebrate when someone has died. you talk to these people and they say, listen, my family's live lehood was taken from me. some people, members of their family lost their lives. and so they see this as an end to a chapter of history that they say is dark one. they know they're very realistic about how change can happen in cuba. they know because fidel castro has passed on, cuba will not
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change immediately. but they are at least hopeful for the future as we look at relations between the united states and cuba opening up under president obama. now under president elect trump, there's still no telling what will happen. >> all right. thank you so much for bringing us the latest there. it's been going on for hours now. >> we're going to show you a different picture, havana cuba where the mood is somber and sad. patrick oppman is the only u.s. correspondent in cuba. what are people saying and telling you this morning? >> reporter: you know, for years martin, you try to talk about what would happen in cuba the day after fidel castro died, how would cuba respond. cuban officials were barred from talking about it. it was considered taboo. we're seeing preparations behind me here. this is an area i know you know well. i'm going to ask the cameraman to zoom in just behind us.
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that's going to be one of the places we expect fidel castro after he's cremated that his remains would be taken and for several days, thousands of cubans, probably hundreds of thousands of cubans will be given the opportunity to file by and pay their final respects there. and before those ashes are then taken down the aisle, eventually, 700 miles from here where he'll be laid to rest. this will be nine days of mourning. we began to hear from cubans about their feelings upon learning that fidel castro had died. >> translator: all this is is that we feel. we understand. i'm cuban. wherever where am. he will no longer be here, understand? it's something that hurts you. >> translator: the cuban people is feeling sad because of the loss of our commander in chief, fidel castro. and we wish him wherever he is that he is blessed. and us cubans love him.
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>> reporter: of course cubans are very reluctant to criticize fidel castro, even off camera. something that can get you in trouble in this country. so some of the people we talked to seem genuinely very sad that fidel castro has died. other people, of course know they'll get in trouble for saying something different. that's the reality here in cuba that we live and work with. more and more we're getting a sense of how this is going to play out. it really is going to be a long period of mourning. the country will be focused on the funeral for fidel castro. a lot of people are saying what is next. we waited so long for this to happen and there's uncertainty in the air here in cuba. >> right. it depends on the country, some say long fare well, others say good riddance. thank you very much for that view. the white house has just released a statement on the passing of fidel castro. we want to get to that. >> reporter: as you know, this
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is a critical time for u.s. and cuba relations. this really was a achievement for president obama normalizing relations with cuba, open those relations diplomatically. i want to read the statement we just got the white house saying for nearly six decades the relationship between united states and cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. during my presidency we have worked hard to put the past behind us. pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences, but by the many thing wes we share as neighbors friends, and common humanity. he goes on to offer condolences to fidel castro's family. it should be noted that under president obama, he worked with raul castro. fidel castro was not in power for most of the time the president has worked with cuba. it was two years ago, almost two
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years ago to december next month or so that the normalization of the relations really began in earnest. and we saw president obama in his historic visit to cuba as well. hoping that this opening will encourage the political and economic freedoms to blossom in that country. it still is uncertain. as we all know, this is something that largely was done by executive orders of this president in terms of the regulations, easing regulations, easing trade, easing the money exchange. visiting that type of thing. but the u.s. embargo is still in place. that is going to take an act by congress. a republican congress, which a lot of people think is not likely. and everybody is looking at president elect donald trump to see who has been critical in the past of this normalization with cuba to see how he pursues his own policy. martin? >> right. all eyes focused on what comes next. thank you very much. let get another perspective
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from a renounced photo journalist and author of the book cuba. he's been traveling to cuba since 1988. he photographed fidel castro several times. >> you just come back from cuba. you were there when donald trump was elected. what's your sense of the reaction to trump being elected? >> i was in cuba four nights ago. i've been traveling there extensive for the last five years. i feel like i have a chose connection to the cuban people in these past years. the night of the election and then following days when president elect trump was elected, i interacted with many, many cubans, taxi drivers, people on the streets, friends. and there was one thing that they all had in common, that was that they all were extremely hopeful that president elect trump will continue with the opening of engagement with cuba. and they all said they were very
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hopeful that because he is a businessman that he will understand that business engagement represents very positive potential in opportunity for cuba. i also was in cuba, i covered president obama's visit to cuba when he met with raul castro. i will always remember during those days when president obama was in cuba and he extended a handshake to raul castro. he essentially extend adhaed a handshake to the people of cuba. i've been hearing today on television a lot of the reactions from miami and people on this side of the story, i think it's very important that people know that the cuban people really -- this is a time of change. this is a time of hope for them. this is not the time in mine mind to stop engagement and turn things back. the cuban people are so hopeful.
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they also are very proud of many things about cuba. they're very proud of healthcare, they're proud of public education. they're proud of the fact there's not violence in cuba. it's the place where there are no guns. and daily life is very tranquil. i also think that these people to people exchanges that have been going on in the last years have been incredibly important for the life of cuba and for cuban people. i hope very much that they will continue. >> let me ask something, since you were there for president obama's visit in march and then just got back so recently, what changes, if any, did you see now that it's been eight months since president obama was there? in the attitude or the atmosphere of cuba as opposed to prior to his visit? in other words, what did his visit do for that country? what did you see personally? >> i see it all the time. i see it every single day and
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every conversation i have. every cuban is hopeful for change. i think it's also very important as i said earlier there's a lot that cubans are very proud of. and they're very proud of many of the ideas of the cuban revolution. whether or not everything has worked or not. but i've been traveling very extensively for the last five years, i see change every single time i go. there's a lot more small business than there was before. cubans are taking to a notion of private enterprise with great energy and dynamism. again, i think 50 years of isolation has simply not worked. and the best thing that could happen for the future of cuba would be continued engagement. in fact, an opening with the united states and the american people. cubans have been -- almost every single cuban has a family member in the united states. cubans know much more about the united states than the united
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states knows about cuba. the united states is not a foreign place or entity for the average cuban person. they know much about america. and i do think that -- i like to say that, you know, in the last years i've been around a lot of americans that have made these people to people exchange trips to cuba. i don't know a single person that's made a trip to cuba that doesn't come back in many ways almost with their life transformed by the beautiful spirit of the cuban people. i travelled to more than 90 countries around the world in my career. i probably have never been around a single group of people with more vibrant upbeat perseverant determined and dignified spirit than the cuban population of the island of cuba. i like to say that my hope for the future of cuba is that history will be as kind to the cuban people as cubans have always been to me. >> very true. i made a number of visits to cuba myself. found exactly the same feelings
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17 minutes past the hour. donald trump is in mar-a-lago. he's reacting to the death of fidel castro. in a short simple truth saying only fidel castro is dead. the exclamation point there is what may be most notable. >> you might remember during the campaign trump threatened to undo efforts by president obama to bring the u.s. and kwucuba closer together. here's what trump said in september. >> the president's one sided
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deal for cuba and with cuba benefits only the castro regime. >> joining us live now from palm beach, cnn national correspondent ryan nobles. how are things there this morning in the aftermath of this news? >> things here in palm beach are very quiet. as you mentioned just that one line from donald trump in a tweet. a much different from the reaction we're seeing from other world leaders who have given statements that are a few paragraphs long, explaining how they feel about the death of fidel castro. donald trump just saying fidel castro is dead with an exclamation point. we're told by transition staff that's all we should expect. no further paper statement or anything on camera. this begins to raise questions as to how the trump administration will handle this relatively new deal that the united states has with cuba. there is still an embargo in place. the obama administration through
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executive orders has attempt today normalize relations. as you pointed out, donald trump was critical of that deal during the campaign. here's what he said in miami back in september. >> all of the concessions that barack obama has granted the castro regime were done through executive order. which means the next president can reverse them. and that, i will do, unless the castro regime meets our demands. not my demands, our demands. you know what the demands are. those demands will include religious and political freedom for the cuban people. and the freeing of political prisoners. >> there are two important things to pull out of that quote from donald trump. yes, because these were all put in as executive orders without congressional approval he has the power to pull them back. the other point is that donald
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trump isn't necessarily opposed to the idea of normalizing relationships with cuba. he thinks the american people and cuban people deserve a better deal. this will be an important policy issue to track in the early days of the trump administration. >> all right. real quick, next week, pretty busy for the president elect. what's in store? >> yeah, it starts on monday, martin. we expect donald trump and his family to be here through tomorrow. they'll fly back to new york sunday afternoon or sunday evening. and then on monday he has eight different meetings planned at trump tower, vice president elect mike pence will be there. among the people trump will be meeting with, david clark, sheriff. he's an african-american and a democrat. he's a trump supporter. he's also a big critic of the black lives matter movement. right now it appears that clarke is being considered as the next secretary of homeland security. >> very interesting.
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thank you very much. still to come, it's another one of the most high profile jobs the president elect has to fill. secretary of state, of course. former mayors and governors and now a military general are all in that mix. we'll talk about that. president elect donald trump is threatening to undo efforts by president obama, bringing the u.s. and cuba closer together. what does castro's death mean for u.s. cuban relations? eligible for medicare? nou] that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, they pick up some of what medicare doesn't pay and could save you in out-of-pocket medical costs. call today to request a free decision guide to help you better understand what medicare is all about
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president elect donald trump is expected to hit the ground running monday with a full day of meetings, eight of them to be exact. a huge part of the discussion, trump's cabinet pick. >> the president elect still weighing who will serve in the top job as secretary of state in his administration. his harshest critic mitt romney still in the mix despite republicans urging trump to choose someone else. ron brownstein is with us now. i want to take a look at everybody who is in play that we know of as of this morning. mitt romney, rudy guiliani general john kelly, david petraeus. senator bob corker. these are possibilities for secretary of state. ron, romney seems to be the one that has everybody talking. primarily because there was such caustic statements, let's say, in this election.
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particularly from romney saying that donald trump was not fit to be president. but do you just chalk that up, ron, to how the game is played? it's certainly not the first time we have seen two people really go at each other, and then suddenly they've decided to work together once the election is over. >> right. we're looking at the extreme version of that. the plus sized version of that. the comments that mitt romney made about donald trump, i believe, certainly in my lifetime are the most caustic made by a former nominee about a prospective nominee. the criticism was not only on policy grounds, it was on personal grounds. it was a big breach. you have trump loyalists of which there were not that many. that's an important point. donald trump has flexible in all the positions he has fewer chips to pay back. there were fewer supporters. he has a lot of flexibility. among the limited group of people who did acively campaign
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for him. you have people like mike huckabee saying mitt romney should have to publicly apologize and renounce those remarks in order to be considered for secretary of state. which is something i have trouble imagining happening. >> so where does rudy guiliani fit into this do you think? this is one of -- i think at last count, at least six lists, at least six possible positions he could take in this administration. >> look, as we said, there were a very small number of current or even former elected officials who actively supported and campaigned for donald trump. once you get past jeff sessions who has gotten a prime position. chris christie who hasn't. newt gingrich and rudy guiliani, the list gets short really fast. there were very few loyalists more active or loyal than guiliani. the fact that donald trump has not chosen him for secretary of state to this point indicates a good deal of hesitation. because if it was simply on loyalty, people talk about the president elect's focus on
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loyalty it would have been a no brainer. there are lots of issues in terms of his personal business. i think there's a larger issue. the breach between donald trump and the republican party foreign policy infrastructure was greater than between trump and the domestic policy infrastructure. you had letters signed by dozen of top national security officials in previous republican administrations saying they didn't believe they didn't believe he was fit to be president. i think he has limited chances of bridging that divide and bringing the generations of expertise into his administration. this is a consequential choice. perhaps more so than treasury secretary. >> a lot of people in trump's circle want romney to apologize. if he did that, would that bridge some of that divide? would it, if he would choose romney, help solidify the party itself as a whole? >> well, it would be extraordinary for mitt romney to
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apologize. it is hard to imagine how it would -- some version of that would not have to happen. he basically said he did not think of his as fit, donald trump as fit to be president and he would be working for him. there is another layer of issues beside the personal acrimony. there's the policy difference. as a candidate in 2012, mitt romney's principle foreign policy critique of president obama was he was being too soft on russia and the reset was a failure. certainly if there's any indication from donald trump as he has said over and over, he wants a closer relationship with russia. there is a big divide there. on many of the trade issues there's a divide in terms of america's role in the world and what retreating from the tra transpacific partnership will mean. there are policy differences as well. donald trump is proposing a vision of american foreign policy that is very much at odds with what we have seen from the
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it is good to have your company on a saturday morning. >> the breaking news this morning, former cuban leader fidel castro the man who defied the u.s. for decades is dead at the age of 90. the news being greeted with mixed feelings, in cuba the mood is somber and sad. >> in miami, take a look at what they're doing there. people celebrating in the streets. waving flags, they've been cheering after they heard of his passing in the middle of the night. this is what's been going on for hours now there. >> reaction from lawmakers, especially ones with ties to cuba has been swift and forceful. last hour we spoke with florida congre congresswoman, she's a fierce castro critic who was born in
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cuba before being forced out of cuba at the age of eight. >> for us, the cuban exiled community, this has been hitting close to our hearts. because we lost our native homeland to communism. we hold fidel castro responsible for that. and raul castro as well. the death of one dictator will not usher a new wave of change because the rulers of cuba, whether it's fidel, raul, whatever names you give them, they just rule over cuba with an iron fist. >> joining me now is julia swag, she is a senior research fellow at the university of texas. she's written several books on u.s. cuba relations. good morning, thank you for being with us. >> good morning, martin, thanks for having me. >> what's your reaction? we've been asking everyone, what's your reaction out of the news of fidel castro's passing? >> my reaction is one of wow. it finally happened. this has been in the making now
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for quite some time. i live in washington, d.c. this is a time over the last two years when policy toward cuba has changed quite radically under the obama white house. and with raul castro, fidel's brother, at the helm in havana. this is a time to pause and think very clearly and very strategically about what this means for cuba and for our two countries. i've taken it as a historian, of course, as well as an important milestone in cuban history. and in recent history over the last half decade or more in latin america. which fidel castro also shaped quite directly. >> right. it seems very much that fidel was with his passing a man of the past. we move on to a new future between the u.s. and cuba. so i'm wondering, how do you see the next administration handling relations with raul, his brother, the president? >> well, i think it's a complex
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set of choices. the incoming president is a hotel guy who is a business guy who until the very end of this campaign basically endorsed obama's opening toward cuba. said he would have gotten a better deal. but only in the last throes in florida said he would undo the actions the president had taken. i think there are a number of business and just constituencies in american society across the board who are going to be standing behind continuing what has started in terms of the opening of commercial and family and travel and people to people ties. the flights are starting, the cruises are going down there. hotels are opening. there was an 80% increase in american travel this year over last. cuban americans -- i noted in your coverage from miami -- there weren't so many of them out in the street. that's because they're traveling on the more than 50 or now probably 100 flights per week going back and forth to see
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their family and help their family start small businesses there. so all of this is radically shifted in the last few years because of demographics, and co economics. i think it will hard for donald trump to wind that back but he could attempt it. >> regarding these relationships, it's almost like america or americans outside of miami are more in favor of these changes that have happened and are already on the path of sort of normalizing things with cuba than perhaps the presidency may be, at least the new one coming. >> that's without a doubt. the american society is way ahead. again, you know, you're having lots of travel, you have the american museum of natural history in new york city opened a major exhibit on cuba. you have universities from across the countryi having thei students down there.
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you have american families there. cubans sending their kids there for vacation. this is a more natural relationship than it was a few years ago. the diplomatic piece of that is supporting that. and really, you know, if trump wants to put people in office who want to pick a fight with a smile caribbean island as we've seen in earlier parts of the cold war. that may happen. i think the facts on the ground will mitigate against the reality of trying to accomplish that. >> we'll have to wait and see. thank you very much for joining us this morning. >> thank you. here's a question this morning, is it a conflict of interest for u.s. secret service to rent from donald trump the top floor of trump tower in order to protect him. we'll talk about that and about isis losing ground in mosul. how are they fighting back? they're targeting innocent
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conflict of interest concerns seem to be mounting for president elect donald trump. the u.s. secret service is considering renting a floor of trump's own trump tower to protect him and his family. well costs for that could run about $1.5 million a year.
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our rachel crane is breaking this down for us. a lot of people hear about this and the first think could this be a conflict of interest? >> reporter: it's raising a lot of questions surrounding conflict of interest. that's because trump tower is actually owned by the trump organization. so those taxpayer dollars would be going back to the trump organization. and we know that trump's children are set to take over the organization once he becomes president. we break all this down for you. take a listen. >> they are fantastic people, so i want to thank the secret service. >> reporter: 725 fifth avenue, also known as trump tower, might be getting a new tenant. the secret service. a law enforcement official tells cnn that the secret service is considering renting a whole floor of the famed tower in order to establish a 24/7 command post, insuring the safety of the future first
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family. who won't all be moving to the white house in january. melania and their 10-year-old son, barron, will continue to live in trump tower. when asked about the timing of their mood. >> very soon right after he finishes school. >> reporter: regardless of when they relocate, the command post at trump tower won't be cheap. the going price for the space, around $1.5 million per year. the price tag is striking. but it's not just the cost that's raising eye brows. the trump organization owns trump tower. so taxpayers would be paying the president elect for his own security. officials tell cnn security plans are still evolving since many things are up in the air. like when the future first family will move to the white house and how often the president elect laplans to visi them. believe it or not, despite that $1.5 million price tag, this could actually be the cheaper
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option. that's because the alternative would be the secret service r t renting hotels and being in midtown manhattan hotel rooms quite expensive. trump's security detail does not adjust involve the secret service. the nypd has been heavily involved in securing the surrounding area around trump tower. that's been costing the city of new york a million dollar as day. >> right, right. who can forget that figure. rachel crane, thank you so much. still to come, as isis loses ground in mosul, they're fighting back in the ways they seem to know. targeting innocent civilians. cnn has a look inside the detecti devastation and heartbreak. you don't have to be a pro to shoot that perfect video. we show you the latest consumer
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all morning we have been talking about the breaking news of the death of former cuban leader fidel castro. and wondering what it means for cuba and the u.s. relations. >> well, donald trump we now know has finally this hour released an official statement. joining us live from mar-a-lago we have ryan nobles who has just gotten his hands on that. what are we hearing from
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president elect trump? >> reporter: yeah, we've been told by trump's transition team that his one line tweet was all we should expect from the president elect on the passing of fidel castro. as trump often does, he surprised us now with a more lengthily statement. it's three paragraphs in total. i want to pull out the second paragraph to read for you. it says while cuba remains a totalitarian island, it's my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long and toward a future in which the wonderful cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve. we've seen statements from other world leaders that have glossed over the controversial aspects of fidel castro's reign in cuba. trump specifically goes after it. in other parts of the statement he calls castro a brutal
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dictator who will be remembered for his firing squads and other things his regime was criticized for. and it states the trump administration wants to make it clear they do not approve of the way he handled his leadership in cuba, that paragraph we read for you shows there is still an open door in the mind of the new administration to normalize relations between the two countries. and that's, of course, the big thing we're trying to figure out. how the trump team will handle relations with cuba. he's been critical of the deal that president obama struck with cuba through executive action. and the question now is, will trump try to renegotiate a new deal? or will he go to congress and try and come up with some sort of an agreement through that route? there are many options on the table. but at this point it doesn't look like trump wants to completely undo this process. he just wants to take it and perhaps a different direction. >> you're right. >> it's interesting he gave thanks to a number of cuban
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american groups that voted for him. and they would obviously be very much opposed to any sort of renewed relationships. it is very much a mixed message. >> reporter: there's no doubt about that. it falls in line with the trump we saw in the campaign. when he was in front of the crowds in south florida that were opposed to the castro regime, he really emphasized his opposition to the obama plan. saying it was a bad deal and that he would only negotiate a deal in which cuba rolled back some of these, you know, critical parts of the castro regime that many of these cuban americans opposed. when he was talking in other interviews he soft pedaled a little bit more and said he was open to an negotiation. we won't know for sure until trump takes office. >> he writes, our administration will do all it can to insure the cuban people can finally begin their journey towards prosperity and a little bit. a lot of questions have been how
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is this going to play out with u.s. and cuban relations. getting some notable statements there from him that his administration is willing to work on it. thank you so much, we appreciate it. i would like to point out the white house released a statement on the death of fidel castro as well. our coverage continuing at the top of the hour. martin, thanks for being here. >> my pleasure. >> we'll be back tomorrow. ( ♪ ) ♪ they tell me i'm wrong ♪
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