‘A dagger in my heart’: Obama alums struggle to adjust to a Trumpian world

In Miami, the crowd was standing and cheering Friday as President Trump smiled broadly after pledging to reverse key provisions of the Obama administration’s historic Cuba opening.

A world away, in Portland, Maine, Ben Rhodes could not contain his frustration.

“The few people in Miami enabling Trump in carrying out this charade should be embarrassed/held accountable,” Rhodes wrote on Twitter. “He could care less about Cubans.”

It was the first of four tweets Rhodes, a foreign policy aide to former president Barack Obama, fired off attacking Trump as the president was speaking. Rhodes was in Maine to attend the wedding of a fellow Obama alum, speechwriter Jon Favreau, but that had not stopped him from fighting back against Trump. In the morning, Rhodes had published an essay on The Atlantic’s website titled, “Trump’s Cuba Policy Will Fail.”

For Rhodes, the moment represented both a policy setback for the United States — and a personal letdown. He had played a leading role in the secret, high-wire negotiations with the Castro regime that led to the restoration of diplomatic ties in 2015 after 54 years. That role was so meaningful that it is highlighted in Rhodes’ Twitter bio: “Obama foreign policy adviser and speechwriter. Mets fan, Cuba negotiator, dad to Ella and Chloe.”

In an interview, Rhodes said

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