Cuba rejects new US policy, saying pressure will not work

Tuesday, 20 Jun, 2017

The Russian Foreign Ministry has criticized President Donald Trump's decision to freeze a detente with Cuba and his verbal attack on the Caribbean island's leaders.

"I'm trying to reverse the dynamic: I'm trying to create a Cuban business sector that now goes to the Cuban government and pressures them to create changes".

Rodriguez also criticized Trump's pledge to "empower the Cuban people to develop greater economic and political liberty".

The Trump Administration argues that very real human rights dilemmas in Cuba justify resuming embargo policies. Even the Cuban-American population largely favored Obama's rapprochement with Cuba, with 51% of Cuban-Americans supporting it.

Tourism travel will further be restricted to include only group travel for all non-academic visits. It is also likely that there will be more strict enforcement of OFAC regulations on returning travelers, particularly those traveling individually, and requests for proof of activities and expenditures. Jeff Flake, who recently helped reintroduce the Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act.

The Cuban Foreign Minister saw a silver lining in Mr Trump's announcement.

It is not entirely clear how broad these restrictions will be, as apparently current deals, such as Marriot's management of the Gaviota-owned Four Points Sheraton in Havana, will be allowed to continue.

"Unfortunately, progress under the new policy has not materialized". In the first four months of 2017, the US has exported over $83 million worth of goods and services to the island. Since Dec. 17, 2014, the Obama administration issued six rounds of regulatory changes that eased travel and trade restrictions on Cuba.

Louisiana leaders expected to grab most of the USA trade market with Cuba if restrictions were lifted-an expected $500 million to $600 million for Louisiana over the first five years, much of that in agriculture products like rice, soybeans and poultry. He's warned that returning to a "get tough" policy hurts everyday Cubans whose livelihoods are increasingly rooted in travel and tourism. Many came in under the self-directed "people to people" category, which Trump is eliminating. These results may explain why Donald Trump lost Miami-Dade County and the surrounding areas. Senator Marco Rubio, the Cuban-American Republican who represents Florida, traveled on Air Force One to the event with Trump, alongside Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican who is the son of Cuban refugees.

Reinstating limits on U.S. citizens' and United States permanent residents' ability to travel to Cuba - President Trump's policy would revoke the individual people-to-people travel authorization issued by the Obama administration in March 2016.

And the three added: "Soon the Cuban people will be free". Be mindful that Cuba's pals are Venezuela, Russia and China.

The Cuban foreign minister said Trump's hope of separating the people from the military, who were simply "the people in uniform", was "infantile". With Cubans having increased access to information and entertainment sources from around the world, as well as more contact with worldwide visitors, there is a worry that any protests or widespread social anger would quickly overwhelm the regime's means of control.

As a part of the deal forged with Cuban President Raul Castro, Obama eased economic and trade restrictions that dated back to the USA embargo on Cuba that began in the 1960s.

The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) also expressed its dismay at Trump's decision.

Shakur was granted asylum by Fidel Castro after she escaped from the prison where she was serving a sentence for killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 during a gun battle after being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike. "We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments". It appears from the numbers that Cuba presents a positive trade relationship for the U.S. dating back to 1992, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

President Trump said Friday that his new policy would be nothing short of "regime change" for Cuba. How many Americans will be put out of work by this foolish political stunt?