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Trump could roll back US-Cuba thaw, Priebus warns

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro after a news conference as part of Obama's three-day visit to Cuba, in Havana March 21, 2016.
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A top aide to Donald Trump says the president-elect will reverse President Barack Obama's opening to Cuba absent any change of direction by the Cuban government.

Reince Priebus, who has agreed to serve as White House chief of staff, told "Fox News Sunday," the current arrangement between the U.S. and Cuba has benefited only Cuba.

He says Trump will want some movement in the "right direction" from Cuba to continue the diplomatic relationship. Priebus cited respect for freedom of religion as an example.

Trump can reverse Obama's opening to Cuba without help from Congress because it was done by executive order, not legislation.

Trump pledged during the presidential campaign to undo the overtures unless the government of Raul Castro met his demands. Trump did not repeat that pledge in a statement Saturday following the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.