President Donald Trump slammed Cuba's communist government on Friday, saying that "communism is the past" and "freedom is the future."
Trump spoke at the White House at a gathering for Hispanic heritage, where he said the United States hopes for freedom in the entire Western hemisphere, including Cuba and Venezuela.
"As I announced before a wonderful crowd in Little Havana earlier this year, we will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime until it delivers full political freedom for the Cuban people," Trump said. "The same failed communist ideology that has brought oppression to Cuba has brought nothing but suffering and misery everywhere and everyplace it has been anywhere in the world."
"Communism is the past; freedom is the future," Trump said to applause from the audience.