Donald Trump has demanded that Cuba returns Assata Shakur.
Trump made the statement while in Miami, Florida, for his Cuba policy address. The 45th President of the United States reportedly referred to Shakur by her former name Joanne Chesimard and demanded that Cuba turns over the “cop killer.”
Prior to the announcement, it was likely that Trump was going to demand the return of Shakur. Last week, CNN had reported that he was expected to demand that US fugitives of justice be extradited. Shakur received political asylum in Cuba after being convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper and escaping from a U.S. prison.
A part of his Cuba policy, Trump is backpedaling on the policy enacted during Barack Obama’s presidency. As CBS News reports:
‘It’s hard to think of a policy that makes less sense than the last administration’s approach to policy with Cuba,’ Mr. Trump said. ‘The previous administration’s easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people, they only enrich the Cuban regime,’ Mr. Trump added. Mr. Trump said he will be signing a contract on a new policy that seeks a better deal for the Cuban people and for America. The policy begins with strictly enforcing U.S. law, Mr. Trump said. No sanctions on Cuba will be lifted until Cuba releases all political prisoners, and Cuba legalizes all party and schedules free elections.
Watch video of Trump demanding Shakur’s return below.