Cuban Ambassador to the US Criticizes President Trump's Policy Rollbacks

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Trump is going to restrict USA citizens travel to Cuba, seeking to prevent people from going to the island as tourists, which is forbidden by law but was easily sidestepped under Obama.

An AP Fact Check finds that President Donald Trump's policies on Cuba sounds a lot like President Barack Obama's old policies.

But the Raul Castro-led government didn't care for Trump touting his desire to partially reverse course from the "last administration's completely one-sided deal". -Cuban relations, but said it remained willing to continue "respectful dialogue".

It was Trump's most public statement yet calling on a foreign government to improve its human rights record, one that came with specific promises to cut off United States cash flows that could support the communist regime in Havana. Most US business deals with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group are also likely to be banned.

"Any limitations on travel hurt Cuban small business owners - restaurants, shops, taxis - that depend on travellers for revenue". "We will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime until all political prisoners are free, all political parties are legalized and free and supervised elections are scheduled", the President said. In practice, however, many recent changes to boost ties to Cuba will stay as they are.

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The policy enhances travel restrictions to better enforce the statutory ban on United States tourism to Cuba.

Trump's new policy retains key aspects of Obama's reforms, leaving full embassies in Washington and Havana and letting USA cruise and airlines continue service to Cuba, although it will make travel harder by requiring most Americans to come in groups and banning payments to military-linked businesses.

Still, it will be the latest attempt by Trump to overturn parts of Obama's presidential legacy. "Through this approach, we not only trade goods, but ideas".

Castro's government has clearly stated it does not intend to change its one-party political system. "I'd print a copy for every Cuban", said Iroel Sanchez, a pro-government columnist and blogger who was fiercely critical of Obama. "Freeing Americans to travel and conduct education and business interactions with any nation as freely as we are permitted to do so with every other country in the world should not be a privilege for a few-it is a basic human right because after all, travel is inherently educational". The Cuban government has made clear it will not be pressured into reforms in exchange for further engagement with Washington.

Cuban state newspaper Granma, a mouthpiece of the regime, said Trump's measures heralded "a return to the Cold War". The US president has been accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, several cabinet members, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, congressmen of Cuban origin like Marco Rubio, Mario Diaz Balart and Carlos Curbelo and representatives of Cuban dissidents, Trump mentioned the Dissidents Jose Daniel Ferrer and Berta Soler, who were not allowed to travel to Miami, but "are here with us".

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The changes will not go into effect until regulations are drafted by the US Treasury Department and other agencies, officials said. "There is a curiosity for Cuba, having been off limits for half a century, and it should be anticipated that there will be some initial impact on visitor arrivals", she said, her comments ringing true even after Mr. Trump's announcement. Trump's vow to keep the broader decades-old U.S. economic embargo on Cuba firmly in place drew criticism from some USA farmers, especially growers of corn, soybeans and rice. In addition, he said, they could lead to a strategic problem, as Russian Federation and China have moved to expand their military and economic cooperation with Cuba. "It is an offense against Latin America".

"His speech was aggressive and threatening, . revealing his contempt and ignorance" the President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro said.

President Donald Trump speaks about Cuba policy, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Miami. "It is an offence against Latin America".

"We will take concrete steps to ensure investments flow directly to the people", rather than the Castro regime or military, Trump said in his speech Friday.

Cuba functioned as a virtual USA colony for much of the 20th century, and even reform-minded Cubans are highly sensitive to perceived US infringements on national sovereignty. But the Republican leadership in Congress has long blocked such a move, and it appears unlikely to budge.

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"#Cuba Now it is official: these are the new enemies of US Foreign Policy".


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