Cubans Applaud Biden Win, Hope for Easing of Sanctions

The Trump administration unraveled much of Obama’s detente, reverting instead to a decades-old U.S. policy of choking Cuba’s already inefficient state-run economy to force democratic reforms, exacerbating shortages of even basic goods.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Drivers honked their horns and applause erupted in Havana on Saturday night after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the U.S. presidential election, reflecting hopes on the Communist-run island that he would seek to improve U.S.-Cuban ties.

Many Cubans say they do not expect the Democratic former U.S. vice president to lift the decades-old American trade embargo on Cuba, or that bilateral relations will return to the heady days of detente under former President Barack Obama.

But they feel encouraged by Biden’s assurances he will promptly reverse President . . .

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