Cuba calls Trump speech on island ‘grotesque spectacle’

VIENNA U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech on Cuba was a “grotesque spectacle” straight out of the Cold War and will strengthen patriotism on the island, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said at a news conference on Monday.

Speaking in Vienna during a tour of European countries, Rodriguez also said Cuba would not accede to Trump’s demand to return fugitives sought by the United States.

“Cuba conceded political asylum or refuge to U.S. fighters for civil rights,” Rodriguez said. “These persons will not be returned to the United States.”

(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Writing by Sarah Marsh in Havana; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)