President Trump To Enforce New Restrictions With Cuba

Angie Massey
June 18, 2017

Cuba's government has criticised Donald Trump's "hostile rhetoric" in announcing new restrictions on United States ties to the island nation, but reiterated Havana's willingness to hold "respectful dialogue" with Washington.

Global human rights groups say, however, that renewed U.S. efforts to isolate the island could worsen the situation by empowering Cuban hard-liners. It's unclear if Trump will continue the practice.

The Cuban government, which has made clear it will not be pressured into reforms, had no immediate comment.

And then Cubans did - you know, they always have said they're willing to have a dialogue that they say is respectful to each country's sovereignty.

"Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba", Trump said at an appearance in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, although it turns out he is only rolling back some of the policies his predecessor put in place over the past year to open up relations with the communist country.

That may have been overstating his case. He just wants to change the way of approachment that Obama has followed and want to make the existing laws stricter. Cuban-Americans can send their funds to Florida.

And in symbolism that will not be lost in Havana, his crowd included veterans of the ill-fated Brigade 2506, which in 1961 launched the failed US-backed Bay of Pigs invasion. Florida is the place where all the emigres settle, and they turned to vote Trump a year ago.

"Trump is keeping his promise". "It really only removes one of the final phases of the Obama changes".

This new policy aims to limit transactions with GAESA, run by Gen.Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, Raul Castro's son-in-law.

And he welcomed the tightening of rules on dealing with military-run enterprises, which he described as "a mafia".

In a contentious internal debate, some aides argued that Trump, a former real estate magnate who won the presidency promising to unleash USA business and create jobs, would have a hard time defending any moves that close off the Cuban market.

Responding to Trump's announcement, the Cuban government said in a statement that American attempts to fundamentally change the island were unlikely to succeed.

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Diplomatic relations, restored only two years ago, will remain intact, but in a shift from Mr Obama's approach, Mr Trump said trade and other penalties would stay in place until a long list of prerequisites was met.

American citizens will still be able to take commercial flights to Cuba, but once again only for 12 specific reasons - ranging from journalism to educational activities. But it also would give the Cuban government, which sanctions tours, more control over what visitors see and likely reduce Americans' contact with ordinary Cubans.

"It's like we are returning to the Cold War", said Cuban designer Idania del Rio, who joined a group of friends in a hotel in Old Havana to watch the speech in English on CNN.

Numerous high-profile fugitives in Cuba are black or Puerto Rican militants who were offered political asylum by Fidel Castro during the 1970s and 1980s. He is taking us back into time.

Others were not so forgiving. "It's managed to unite the left and the center in Cuba".

Trump said his measures aimed to punish the Castro regime, which Washington accuses of mistreating political dissidents.

Sent to travel agents: "Today President Trump announced his administration's new policy changes for USA citizens traveling to Cuba, and we are pleased to inform you that we don't anticipate any changes to our Cuba itineraries".

People about 285,000 visited the Caribbean country in 2016 and up to 74 percent in 2015.

In the first five months of 2017, the number of visitors to Cuba from the US was roughly the same number as for most of 2016.

Cuban Small Businessmen got addicted in purchasing everything from the single wholesaler.

"Rather than shutting the door to this market 90 miles off our shores, we call on policymakers to enact legislation to do away with the statutory Cuba travel ban once and for all", Kerby continued.

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