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As Díaz-Canel enters office, U.S.–Cuba ties still strained by Trump

A taxi with U.S. flag passes by a wall with the graffiti portrait of Che Guevara in Havana, Cuba, on February 12, 2015.
A U.S. flag passes by a graffiti portrait of Che Guevara in Havana, Cuba, on February 12, 2015. Photo: Ozge Elif Kizil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Since his speech in Little Havana, Florida, last June, when he announced his reversal of President Obama’s opening to Cuba, President Trump has put U.S. relations with Cuba on ice, limiting U.S.–Cuba travel and investment and reducing embassy staffing after a health scare.

The big picture: Many hope that last week's presidential transfer from Raúl Castro to his protégé Miguel Díaz-Canel will herald a new era for the U.S. and Cuba, but the transfer isn't a transition in any meaningful sense. Meanwhile, Trump’s aggressive policy has continued hardening relations.