In a speech from Miami today, President Trump announced new sanctions on Cuba and sent a message to the Cuba regime to “stop jailing innocent people.”
Trump also demanded that Cuba needs to “return the fugitives from American justice including the return of the cop killer Joanne Chesimard.”
Chesimard, convicted in 1977 of killing State Police officer Werner Foerster four years earlier, escaped to Cuba in 1979, where she remains in Cuba’s protective custody today.
Chesimard, 68, a Black Panther and Black Liberation Army activist who also goes by the name Assata Shakur has been harbored by Cuba and despite pleas, from the State Troopers Fraternal Organization of New Jersey, President Obama lifted some sanctions and allowed travel to Cuba in early 2016.
Today’s actions by President Trump reverses that action and Trump’s mentioning of Chesimard is a first from the highest office in the land.
President Trump went on to say that the harboring of Americas criminals “will end…it will end, you will have no choice.”