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Trump's Policy impact on Cuba
20 Junio 2017, 02:13 | Crisanna Felipe
Trump's Policy impact on Cuba
"Nicaragua will continue to denounce the criminal blockade of the United States against Cuba, condemned by all countries of the world", the government said.
However, Trump, in a complete reversal, asserted that he will not lift sanctions on Cuba unless it releases all political prisoners and respects freedoms. Cuban President Raul Castro visited Russian Federation in 2015 while President Vladimir Putin visited the island on a tour of Latin America in 2014, meeting both the president and the revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who died past year. Outside of Miami, Trump faced opposition in the USA agricultural sector.
"We can not continue to bring concessions to the Cuban government", he said. One would think that Trump, who trumpets his business background, would understand that open relations with Cuba - trade, travel, human and cultural exchange - will have far more impact in generating pressure for change than a reversion to the failed embargo.
Trump said his actions bypassed the military and the government to help the Cuban people form businesses and pursue much better lives.
"The U.S. tourism has been important for Cuba not decisive the 285 thousand tourists that came in 2016 is only five percent of the tourism that comes to Cuba".
Embassies in Washington and Havana will stay open and cruises and direct flights between the Washington and Havana will be protected under an exception from the prohibition on transactions with military-controlled entities.
Obama worked to fix relations between the USA and Cuba. Now, Cubans have to follow the same process as other refugees and immigrants.
Pressed by Sen. Tom Udall, a Democrat from New Mexico, about whether that could hamper development of private businesses in Cuba "if they give a single dime to the government", Tillerson responded: "Senator, I know you're not suggesting that we encourage private companies to violate the law, but it does require perhaps a more thorough discussion among the Congress and the executive [branch] over is that law still useful".
The Trump administration has made it clear that in its America First foreign policy, America's economic and security concerns will not be sacrificed in the name of human rights. As a result, U.S.travel to Cuba roughly tripled by the time Obama left office.
However, none of the proposed changes brought forward Friday can go into effect until the U.S. Treasury Department issues updated regulations, a process that could take several months.
Yet new moves will burden the US government with the complicated task of policing U.S.travel to Cuba to make sure there are no transactions with the military-linked conglomerate that runs much of the Cuban economy.
There was a time in Florida when the Cuban American community would have reacted to such an announcement with nearly uniform approval.
But then Tillerson qualified his statement.
"They're going to benefit from us going and we're going to benefit from learning their culture", Persaud said.
But there are also those who see the value in opening up business links and making family travel easier, giving Cubans back home economic freedom while they wait for politics to catch up - but even they sympathize with Trump's measures. He will also not reinstate the "wet foot, dry foot" policy. But turning back the sanctions clock would hurt the USA without offering Cuban citizens a clear path to a better future. But if the administration follows through on redefining what it means to be part of the Cuban military, that could affect policies on remittances down the line.
While anti-Castro conservatives hailed Trump's partial roll-back of President Barack Obama's detente, a number of other GOP lawmakers, particularly from farm states, criticized the change as misguided and isolationist. "This is why Trump wants to strengthen the sanctions".
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