White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the death of Cuba's Fidel Castro is unlikely to have any impact on U.S. progress to normalized relations. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The White House says the death of Cuba's Fidel Castro is unlikely to have any impact on U.S. progress to normalize relations with the island nation. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, began the opening to Washington's old Cold War foe after he won his second term in office, and has brought about his policy change through executive actions, including allowing scheduled commercial airline flights. Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, has threatened to reverse the outgoing president's rapprochement with Cuba, which included restoring diplomatic relations, increasing trade and pressing the U.S. Congress to end a half-century economic embargo. Trump, a Republican, said on Twitter on Monday that he would end the U.S. "deal" with Cuba if the government in Havana did not reciprocate with "a better deal for the Cuban people."