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In the wake of Fidel Castro's death, the question looms over whether President-Elect Donald Trump will roll back Obama's Cuba deal.

During his presidential campaign, Trump mentioned he would void President Obama's deal. 

The president's deal lifted trade restrictions, allowed flights, and ended the 180 day ban on ships docking at US ports leaving Cuba.

In Palm Beach County, some Cuban-Americans say that's not good enough.

"It's a one sided deal," says Ed Gonzalez.

He says political prisoners should be freed, the country needs to be able to form political parties and have elections.

"Fidel Castro is gone, but Cuba is still a totalitarian dictatorship under a community regime which is Raul Castro. It hasn't changed, it's not going to change unless the United States brings some pressure on Raul," says Gonzalez.

Many who commented are hopeful President-elect Trump can help bring some kind of change.

Trump's former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, and incoming chief of staff, Reince Priebus, both said Trump wants to ensure Cuba is not benefiting from unilateral decisions that don't benefit the American people or Cubans living on the island.

"We're not going to have a unilateral deal coming from Cuba back to the United States without some changes in their government," Priebus said on "Fox News Sunday."

"Repression, open markets, freedom of religion, political prisoners — these things need to change in order to have open and free relationships, and that's what President-elect Trump believes," he said.

The two aides would not discuss details. And Conway said on ABC's "This Week" that Trump is not flatly opposed to a changed relationship with Cuba.

"He is open to researching and, in fact, resetting relations with Cuba," she said. "But his criticism of what has happened in the last couple of years is very simple: it's that we got nothing in return."

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

 

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