Not much new in Trump's Cuba policy

Postado Junho 20, 2017

Cuba's government has criticised Donald Trump's "hostile rhetoric" in announcing new restrictions on United States ties to the island nation, but reiterated Havana's willingness to hold "respectful dialogue" with Washington.

The government has though repeated its desire to engage in "respectful dialogue" with Washington. "We call on Congress to permanently remove restrictions on travel and trade to Cuba by enacting the bipartisan measures introduced in the House and the Senate, the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2017 and the Cuba Trade Act of 2017, restoring the freedom to travel, trade and learn", Welch concluded.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday that Trump is "returning us to the forgotten rhetoric of the Cold War".

Cuba's government stressed the need for peaceful coexistence between the two countries and rejected Mr Trump's hardening of the blockade that had been slightly eased by his predecessor Barack Obama.

Trump's revised approach, which will be enshrined in a new presidential directive, calls for stricter enforcement of a longtime ban on Americans going to Cuba as tourists and seeks to prevent US dollars from being used to fund what the new USA administration sees as a repressive military-dominated government. Americans are not restricted from traveling to other nations with oppressive governments, including some that are as bad or nearly as bad as Cuba's.

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., said Trump's new Cuba policy "will hurt the United States economically, making it harder for our nation's farmers to access new markets and cutting the knees out from under our travel and manufacturing industries".

Trump also reaffirmed a decades-old US economic embargo against Cuba. But individual "people-to-people" trips by Americans to Cuba, allowed by Obama for the first time in decades, will again be prohibited. We might face some new hurdles, particularly in terms of the transfer of money, but President Aoun has indicated that we will remain committed to broadening our commitments in Cuba and Latin America.

The policy also allows Americans to continue patronizing state-run hotels and other businesses that are not directly linked with Cuba's military and state-security services. "I guess we have to wait and see because I think he has good intentions".

"If you want Cuba to change and reform, we are doing the opposite of what would be most likely to bring about reforms inside of Cuba", Rhodes added.

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.

"U.S. tourist visit the private restaurants, they never eat at government- owned restaurants".

He alleged that for almost six decades, the Cuban people had suffered under the Communist domination.