Fidel Castro passes away; Complicates Trump’s role as President

Derek Danneker
Staff Writer
ddd4907@lhup.edu

Fidel Castro, liberator of Cuba for some and tyrant for others, has died, which further complicates Donald Trump’s future international role. President Obama has broadened the War on Terror, raising questions on Trump’s future changes to it. Trump’s future role, however, is still under question as pressure mounts for a recount of the election results from his detractors. Trump himself has raised questions of fraud in the electoral process, though he has determined them to be in his favor.

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz died on Nov. 25 at the age of 90 after installing the first communist state in the West and ruling as first Prime Minister between 1959 to 1976, then President from 1976 to 2008, when he stepped down due to medical issues. Cuba has since declared nine days of mourning for its loss. Contrarily, Cubans in Florida, refugees and supporters of Fulgencio Batista – the previous dictator of Cuba – who was overthrown in 1959 during the Cuban Revolution as well as their children, celebrate Castro’s demise.

“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 [the] deal,” said Donald Trump over Twitter, He has shown no qualms about reversing the progress that President Obama has made in terms of relations to the communist state. Given that most of the mending of wounds has been by executive action, Trump could certainly rip off the bandage.

In the War on Terror, President Obama has recently stated that the Shabab, who primarily work out of Somalia are able to be considered as a branch of Al Qaeda and a part of the armed conflict that Congress allowed after Sept. 11, 2001. This will primarily be used to supliment the Somali government in airstrikes.

This would widen Trump’s ability to fight terrorist groups where he has promised to bring back waterboarding and other practices he calls “a hell of a lot worse.”

This comes after the International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has been publicly contemplating opening a case against the United States in recent weeks for war crimes in Afghanistan in the early 2000’s.

Jill Stein, the Green Party’s presidential nominee, has meanwhile been gathering funds to pay for a recount of the election results in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. She has so far raised more money than she had for her presidential campaign, however she says that, “This is not about advancing my own career. My campaign is not going to win here,” and that any extra funds will be disposed of according to FEC guidelines. She maintains that she only wants to build faith in the presidential election process.

Since the conclusion of the election and the victory of Donald Trump in the electoral college, it has come to light that Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote by around two million votes. These two million votes come from, according to Trump, “the millions of people who voted illegally.” He also maintains that there was “serious” voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California. There has been no evidence, whatsoever, found to support this.

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