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trust president castro? do you believe that he truly wants change here? we also asked the president about criticism back home and the arrest of disdepartments right here in cuba, even as he arrived, as he now prepares for his historic speech to the people of cuba. tonight, donald trump with. defending his supporters. what he's now saying tonight, and we ask president obama about trump's prediction of riots, if the republican party tries to stop him. good evening tonight from havana, where we witnessed and historic moment today. president obama standing side by side with cuban president raul castro. saying, the united states and cuba are no longer enemies. a thaw, decades after the cold war ended. but there were tense moments today. the two leaders did not always see eye to eye. there was the hand shake between
president of cuba, and then a private meeting between the two. and then, a very rare, a true sign of the shift here, news conference. raul castro taking questions along with president obama. and castro did not hide his criticism of the united states. and, in another unexpected moment at the end of the news conference, raul castro reaches for president obama's arm there. it made for an awkward moment, with much of the world watching. a short time after arriving here in cuba, our exclusive walk with president obama, through old havana. and, tonight, right here, our new interview with him. we sat down with him just a short time ago, after his meeting with raul castro. and we begin tonight with what it was like in that room. you have said that you would speak candidly with president castro about the serious differences you have with the cuban government, particularly on human rights and on democracy. so, take us inside that room today. what did you tell president castro that needs to change here in cuba? >> well, what i indicated to him
have used american aggression, or interests in regime change, as the excuse for why they had to guard against dissent inside of cuba. and as normalization occurs, that excuse is taken away. what i indicated to him is that we can't force changes on cuba, but what we can do and will continue to do is to stand up for the rights that we consider to be universal. >> president castro late today said, give me a list of political prisoners and i'll release him. >> we've given him lists in the past. and they have responded intermitt endly to our engagement. >> you were in that room. do you trust president castro? do you believe that he truly wants change here? >> i believe that president castro truly wants change.
castro wants to upend the ruling party or the system that they have. >> president castro seemed to be defending himself, his record on human rights today, and he went further, saying, i find it inconceivable that the government does not find. what did you make of that? >> well, look, this is an argument that i think the cubans make whenever they hear criticism from the united states. their argument is that, okay, we may be in your view short on some democratic practices, on the other hand, you guys still engage in the death penalty, or racial discrimination, and they'll tick off a list. >> but when he says health care, does he have a point? >> well, here's the point.
deflecting the kinds of repression that happens here. >> but two making history, standing side by side. raul castro, taking questions. and taking hold of president obama's arm unexpectedly. >> if you think about today's press conference, as far as i can tell, that may be the first time that raul castro's ever stood in front of not just u.s. press, but also cuban press and answered questions. and that could not have happened unless we had changed this policy. >> you plan to meet with dissidents here. >> yeah. >> did you choose the list? >> absolutely. >> did cuba have a hand in it? >> no. we were very clear we're going to meet with who it is we want to meet. >> by some estimates, 1,400 people arrested in january alone, setting a new high. 500 of them, women. in fact, the arrests are higher since you announced normalizing relations with cuba. >> right. >> even arrests as you were arriving here. does that concern you?
and, you know, my view is that people have a right to express their differences. now, one of the things i said to president castro, and i truly believe in this, is that if they were less fearful of dissent, that not only might they be able to improve governance here, but i suspect that they could enhance their legitimacy in the eyes of the cuban people. >> will you meet with fidel castro? >> you know, if he -- his health was good enough that i could meet with him, i'd be happy to meet with him. just as a symbol of the end of, or the closing of this cold war chapter in our mu watchll histories. it's not clear to me what the state of his health is. >> so, it could happen. >> i have no idea.
are asking us, what's the bottom line here on tourism in cuba. a lot of families want to come visit, not as a one to one exchange, but to smoke a cigar, go to the beach. when do you see that happening? >> i think it's going to be happening very soon. the changes we made allow individuals now to come here for educational purposes. we now have an agreement where cruise lines can travel from the united states directly to havana. we have now direct u.s. flights to cuba. which will make it much easier to travel. but inevitably, it's going to happen, and when you think about the proximity, it took me no longer to goat havana than it does for me to get to miami, have from washington, d.c. >> calvin coolidge took a battleship to get here. back home, it is spring break season. a lot of children are back home with their parents. you brought the first daughters with you. >> yeah. >> i'm curious what you have told them about the history their witnesses. their generation will not see cuba in the same way the rest of us do.
you know, last night at dinner, we talked about why it is that cuba occupied such a special place in the imagination of america, and trying to describe for them the cuban missile crisis and how close we came to a nuclear kacatastrophe. >> we saw the image of malia helping you with spanish. >> her spanish is much better than mine. and i'm hoping that she has a chance to get entirely fluent. one of my big regrets, that i was too much of a goofoff in school to really perfect my spanish. >> the president and his daughter doing the translating in old havana. but back to that tense moment here today, two leaders forging a new partnership, but clearly not agreeing on everything. president castro denying that cuba holding political prisoners, and as you heard him say, he said, give me a list. these images showing the government here tillstill right toly
arrests just as president obama was arriving here tonight. tomorrow, the president meeting with dissidents. abc's jonathan karl melt with some of the dissidents who will get their moment with president obama. jon with us in cuba tonight. jon, you heard castro say, give me the list, i'll release him. >> reporter: david, the simple fact is, cuba does hold political prisoners, in fact, just yesterday, only a few miles from this spot, 50 people, most of them women, were arrested as they tried to hold a silent protest. the three dissidents who i met with earlier today on the outskirts of havana know something about this. the three of them have spent a combined 27 years in cuban jails. and david, they told me today that the human rights situation here in cuba has gotten worse over the past year. >> jon karl with me here in cuba. jon, thank you. and much more from cuba later in the broadcast, including, when will americans be able to come here simply as
and the american hotels tonight, already announcing their new plans. we take you on a tour of havana tonight. but from the political headlines here to the race for the white house back home. tomorrow, voters head to the polls in three more key states, and tonight, donald trump in washington, defending his supporters, and the fights, the violence breaking out at some of his rallies. trump turning the blame for this incident in tucson back on the protesters. tonight here, i ask president obama who he makes of trump's prediction, possible riots in the party tries to stop him in a contested convention. how the president responds in a moment. but first, abc's tom llamas on the campaign from washington. >> reporter: today, mr. trump goes to washington, working the city he hopes to call home. his motorcade pulling in for a meeting with influential republicans. some, including newt gingrich, >> do you endorse him? >> we had lunch. >> reporter: ducking reporters on the way out. >> we had a great meeting. we had a really good meeting.
today presenting himself as trump the statesman. but forced to answer questions about his violent rallies. this supporter arrested after punching and stomping a protestor in arizona. trump defending the man's behavior, saying he was infuriated by another a protesters dressed in a shake shift kkk outfit. >> this is an african-american man who is a supporter, who has a great family and he has had enough. and i'll be honest with you, in this country, on a larger scale, the people of this country have had enough. >> reporter: ever the showman, trump holding his news conference at his new hotel >> nobody asked about the hotel. >> reporter: even offering a job to an out of work veteran in the crowd. >> if we can make a good deal in the salary, she's going to probably have a job, okay? >> reporter: tonight, trump has to close a much tougher deal. appearing before the pro-israel apac conference. hillary clinton today, seizing on trump's previous statement that he would be, quote, neutral
>> we need steady hands. not a president who says he's neutral on monday, pro-israel on tuesday and who knows what on wednesday, because everything's negotiable. >> reporter: tonight, trump clarifying his position. >> i would love to be neutral if it's possible. it's probably not possible. because there's so much hatred, there's so much going on. i am very pro-israel. >> reporter: david, like trump, governor john kasich and senator ted cruz will also speak tonight here at aipac. they both want to take this race all the way to a contested convention in july. trump tells me today that he's ready for that. he has a professional team in place, and a plan, if it has to come down to that. david? >> tom llamas with us from washington tonight. tom, thank you. i did ask president obama about donald trump, and talk of possible riots. here's what the president said. i wanted to ask you about the political climate back home, because it is back in the news again today. you're aware that donald trump
republican party tries to stop him, if there's a contested convention, saying, i think you'd have riots. i'm representing many millions of people. predicting riots. i'm curious what you make of that. >> well, this is an issue that the republican party's going to have to work through. i've made very clear my view that there are boundaries to our politics that make our democracy work. >> did he cross that boundary? >> i won't comment on any specific thing that mr. trump or anybody else said. there's an, expectation that our leaders will not trumpet violence violence, or justify it. there's an expectation that those who run for the highest office seek to represent everyone, and not just some or appeal to an us versus a them, that there is an importance for
without being disagreeable. >> president 0obama weighing in on the political climate bake home. to belgium now, and chilling new clues from the interrogation of that suspect in the terror attacks in paris. new images tonight of the raid that took him down. several suspects fleeing the police, shots fired. the suspect believed to be salah abdeslam taken into custody. authorities already learning there may have been other terror attacks in the pipeline. we turn to the weather tonight, and to the nasty blast of winter, kicking offspring. snow from new jersey to maine, and a chill across the east coast. heavy, wet snow sparking a power line on new york's long island. a messy morning commute in massachusetts. a school bus sliding into a snowy ditch in maine. rob marciano with the forecast, the track of this, from boston tonight. rob? >> reporter: hey, david. the snowstorm this morning has led to a sunny snow-melting afternoon, and the outfield showing again here at fenway. temperatures going to drop again below freezing tonight, not just
frost and freeze advisories into florida. rebounding on wednesday near 70 in new york, 84 degrees this dallas, in advance of our next system that will get to the middle of the country by midweek midweek. by the way, home opener here, thee weeks away, david, they are hoping for less white and more green. >> rob marciano with us from boston tonight. rob, thank you. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. apple's new reveal tonight. the new iphone, they say, with even better security. the major changes. and the important tip for families at home tonight. the one simple step you should take right now to make money off of your old iphone. also tonight, the new warning about drowsy truck drivers all around you. the common medical condition blamed for so many crashes on the road. and the emotional reunion here in cuba. the professional ball player, home for the first time since leaving cuba for america. we'll be back with this special edition of "world news tonight"
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