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Republicans divided as Trump reverses some Obama-era Cuba policies

19 Junio 2017, 05:06 | Gervasio Siguenza

Cruise and airlines break as Trump tightens US-Cuba ties

However, it says it will still co-operate with its larger neighbour.

"The US President, ill-advised once again, takes decisions that favor the political interests of an extremist minority of Cuban origin in the state of Florida, who driven by petty motivation, do not desist from their objective to punish Cuba and its people for exercising the legitimate and sovereign right to be free and for having taken the reins of their own destiny", the statement said.

But it also reiterated "its willingness to continue the respectful dialogue and cooperation". But officials said U.S. visitors in particular tended to patronize private businesses.

"The Cuban statement said that Trump "justified that policy with alleged concerns over the human rights situation in Cuba and the need to rigorously apply" the trade embargo and blockade against the island, which Obama had relaxed". He's warned that returning to a "get tough" policy hurts everyday Cubans whose livelihoods are increasingly rooted in travel and tourism.

"Any strategy aimed at changing the political, economic and social system in Cuba - whether by pressure or imposition or through more subtle means - is destined to fail", it said.

Trump's actions don't overturn all of the actions taken by the Obama administration.

The statement reiterates Cuba's commitment to "the necessary changes that we're making now as part of the updating of our socio-economic model", but says "they will continue being decided in a sovereign way by the Cuban people".

He brought several Cuban dissidents and former political prisoners onto the stage, drawing loud applause from the crowd in Miami's Little Havana neighbourhood. He promised "concrete steps to ensure that investments flow directly to the people so they can open private businesses and begin to build their country's great, great future". They are still starving and there is no freedom whatsoever.

Leahy said he would continue fighting for diplomatic engagement with the small island, and that he hoped Trump would appoint an effective diplomat to the country. When Obama finally went forward with a limited opening, he was doing more to end the isolation of the USA than of Cuba. "I'd print a copy for every Cuban", said Iroel Sanchez, a pro-government columnist and blogger who was fiercely critical of Obama. The Cuban government, which has made clear it will not be pressured into reforms, had no immediate comment.

"I'm very happy. I know that closing the travel and enforcing the embargo is gonna force Raul Castro to come to the table, and that he's gonna be forced out". The Cuban tyranny uses the embargo as a pretext to justify that it has failed.

The venue is named after a leader of the failed US-backed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961 against Fidel Castro's revolutionary government.

The goal is not to harm USA businesses that have already begun business in Cuba under Obama's rapprochement and there will be exceptions in the regulations for airlines, cruise ships and other businesses.

The current Cuban sanctions regulations permit individuals to independently visit Cuba under the people-to-people travel authorization within the educational travel general license, without traveling as part of a group.

British travellers hoping to combine the United States and Cuba on the same trip face much tighter restrictions. The administration will adopt still-unspecified, but inevitably difficult-to-enforce, measures to block the flow of dollars from US travelers and businesses to companies through which Mr. Castro's military controls the Cuban economy's most profitable sectors.

Cuba functioned as a virtual USA colony for much of the 20th century, and even reform-minded Cubans are highly sensitive to perceived United States infringements on national sovereignty.



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