President Díaz-Canel: People in Cuba and US Reject end of deal with MLB

President Miguel Diaz-Canel said Tuesday that people in Cuba and the United States reject the cancelation by US President Donald Trump of an agreement struck last December between the Cuban Baseball Federation and the Major Leagues (MLB).

Diaz-Canel reacted on his Twitter account to Trump's decision announced on Monday to end the accord that was celebrated in both countries because it stops human trafficking young Cuban baseball players had to face in their aspirations to play in the Big Show.

The Head of State echoed the position set in Washington by the Engage Cuba coalition, an initiative that favors trade and good bilateral relations, which termed the cancellation a cynical, cruel and unwarranted action.

Trump argued that the Cuban Baseball Federation is part of the Cuban Government, and that therefore trade with it is illegal under US law (blockade), an argument previously defended by Cuban-born Senator Marco Rubio, known for his aggressiveness against the island.

Trump's decision came less than 15 days after Cuba released a list of more than 30 young baseball players who were eligible to sign contracts with MLB teams.

(Cubavsbloqueo/Prensa Latina)

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