Trump has said he will focus on building bridges to the world in his second term.
But the president-elect has said that as president he will seek to build “tremendous alliances” in the Middle East and South Asia.
The Cuban-American president, Raul Castro, has spoken out against Trump’s policies and has suggested he would not be welcome at the United States Embassy in Havana.
But Trump’s choice of a pastor as his running mate, Indiana Gov.
Mike Pence, has also drawn criticism.
“If you look at the world, we’re in an economic crisis, the global economy is in a terrible shape, and the world is facing a very serious threat of nuclear war,” Pence said in August.
“I think we should be doing everything we can to help the world rebuild, rebuild, and rebuild, so that we can get back to a place where we’re not at a very, very great economic disadvantage and where we have the opportunity to be at the forefront of solving the world’s problems.”
The pope is expected to visit Cuba in December and the pope’s trip to the United Kingdom is also being pushed by Trump.
“Pope Francis has expressed concern over the situation in Cuba,” the White House said in a statement.
“The Vatican has called on the Cuban government to stop the repression and abuse of the political prisoners and political opponents.”
The United States has had diplomatic relations with Cuba since 1959 and the Cuban embassy is the oldest in the world.
Trump has also been a vocal critic of Cuba’s human rights record.
He has promised to lift sanctions on Cuba, a step the Obama administration has said would “create economic opportunities for the Cuban people.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.