Russia says Trump is using 'Cold War rhetoric' on Cuba

Cuban Americans across South Florida glued to televisions as President Trump made his announcement Friday. Reactions in Palm Beach County are mixed

President Donald #trump announced a rollback in Obama-era #Cuba policies at a rally in Little Havana, Miami Friday afternoon.

A pro President Donald Trump supporter chants slogans, Friday, June 1, 2017, in Miami.

One of the major changes in the policy directive is that US travelers making educational people-to-people trips can no longer go to Cuba individually but must travel in groups accompanied by a company representative.

It is not clear if Trump's directive would affect more than 20 agreements signed by the two countries in recent years.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday that Trump is "returning us to the forgotten rhetoric of the Cold War". But Trump vowed that trade and other penalties would stay in place until a long list of prerequisites is met. "Officially, today, they are rejected".

"We will continue to urge the Trump Administration and Congress to recognize and utilize travel as a strategic tool in efforts to improve relations with Cuba, allowing us to be part of a promising future, as opposed to reverting to the policies of the past". For more than a decade, a diverse coalition that includes worldwide educators has advocated for opening relations with Cuba. That means that any US traveler now booked on a flight to Cuba in the next few weeks, or even months, could go ahead and make the trip.

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Embassies in Havana and Washington are to remain open. USA airlines and cruise ships will still be allowed to serve the island. On the plus side, the new policy bars USA trade and investment in enterprises owned by the Cuban military and secret police. Our policy will seek a much better deal for the Cuban people and for the United States of America.

One of the biggest changes will focus on so-called "people-to-people" exchanges that, under Obama's policy, allowed Americans to take cultural and educational trips to Cuba.

Policy changes will not take effect until the Treasury and Commerce departments have completed a complete review of the new policy in a process that may take up to 90 days. Ferrer's group supported the Obama opening in December 2014, believing that recognition by the United States would deprive dictator Raúl Castro of his old excuse - Yankee hostility - for political repression.

Mr. Trump - who himself illegally conducted business in Cuba - brought back an antiquated policy designed for the Cold War that failed for over 50 years.

In an interview, Rhodes said he took solace that Trump, who put new limits on commercial transactions and USA citizens' travel to the island nation, had not ended diplomatic relations.

Moscow said Trump's policy changes showed that "anti-Cuban discourse is still widely in demand".

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"The Cuban people were so excited when President Obama came", Caridad Gonzalez, who runs a bed-and-breakfast, said. "We remember what happened".

For Cubans, the shift risks stifling a nascent middle class that has started to rise as Americans have flocked to the island on airlines, patronizing thousands of private bed-and-breakfasts.

"We're pushing back, but we need the public to push back", Lee said. The university has strong commitments from several Cuban institutions, and I seriously doubt academic travel will be curtailed.

The statement added that Trump had been "poorly advised" to favour the political interests of an "extremist minority" of Cuban-Americans living in Florida, who, because of "petty motivations, will not give up on their ambition of punishing Cuba". Trump also accused the government of Raul Castro of arms supplies to North Korea and the instigation of tension in Venezuela. Moreover, certain American companies, mostly in the tourism sector, will likely be forbidden to do business with Cuban hotels, all of which are run by the military.

The new measures will hurt real people in Cuba.

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The U.S. severed ties with Cuba in 1961 after Fidel Castro's revolution, and spent decades trying to either overthrow the government or isolate the island, including by toughening an economic embargo first imposed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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