Is Cuba conducting military exercise because of Trump’s victory?

The Cuban government announced a military exercise set to begin in five days. The exercise is not directly connected to the US election results, but it is probably being conducted in response to the rising tensions within its northern neighbor’s borders. The last time this happened was when former President Reagan was elected.
Is Cuba’s military exercise in response to Trump’s victory? Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Today (Wednesday), the Cuban military announced that in five days it will be launching a national military exercise in order to train its soldiers how to properly handle a variety of enemy operations. Although the Cuban government did not directly mention any connection with Donald Trump’s victory in the US elections, the tactical announcement regarding the military exercise was released almost simultaneously with the election results.

This is the seventh time Cuba has conducted what it calls the “Bastion Strategic Exercise,” often led in response to high tensions within the US. The first exercise was held in 1980 following the election of US President Ronald Reagan. It seems that Cuba’s decision could be the result of the promise Trump made during his campaign that he would reverse current US President Barack Obama’s re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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