'Cuban/American Friends Are Very Happy' With New Cuba Policy

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For the announcement, the White House chose to have Trump speak at the Manuel Artime Theate in Miami. The president announced a revised Cuba policy aimed at stopping the flow of usa cash to the country's military and security services while maintaining diplomatic relations.

Among those with Trump as he announced the policy in Little Havana were Sen.

"We're just so glad we came now", said Sivan, who was visiting Cuba for a long weekend with a group of friends.

1960: In response to Castro's communist reforms, USA breaks off diplomatic relations with Cuba and imposes a trade embargo.

"Cuba rejects the manipulation with political purposes and the double standard concerning the issue of human rights", said the statement.

Trump said he was reimposing certain travel and trade restrictions that had been relaxed by the Obama administration in an attempt to improve relations, criticising it as a "completely one-sided deal".

In practice, however, many recent changes to boost ties to Cuba will stay as they are.

The Cuban government on Friday denounced US President Donald Trump's new measures to tighten the blockade on the island as a setback in US-Cuban relations, but said it remained willing to continue "respectful dialogue". 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.

In his statement, Flake called for the Senate's GOP leadership to allow a vote on his legislation that he said would eliminate "archaic restrictions" on travel to Cuba that "do not exist for travel by Americans to any other country in the world".

While Obama did not end the embargo on Cuba, since only Congress has that power, the USA and Cuba reopened embassies in each other's capitals for the first time since 1961. United States airlines and cruise ships will still be allowed to serve the island. American businesses, including airlines, cruise lines, and telecommunications companies, earned 26 agreements with the Cuban government from 2015 to 2017.

While tourism to Cuba is banned by US law, the Obama administration had been allowing people to travel to Cuba as part of "people to people" educational trips for visitors, a popular classification that a White House official said was "ripe for abuse" by those looking for beach vacations.

The Cuban government maintained that the new policies would not work, comparing it to the economic embargo that never ushered the Castro regime out of power as the US had hoped. The policy memorandum directs the Treasury and Commerce departments to create new regulations within 30 days, although they wouldn't be in place for several months.

Former President Barack Obama's 2014 declaration of detente with Cuba prompted hundreds of islanders to launch media, entrepreneurship and cultural projects that were outside control of the state but within the bounds of law, unlike the directly confrontational tactics of Cuba's small dissident groups.

"#Cuba Now it is official: these are the new enemies of US Foreign Policy".

"It's hard to think of a policy that makes less sense than the prior administration's bad and misguided deal with the Castro regime", said Trump.

Yet it also exposed the shortcomings in Obama's approach.

"President Trump's policy makes itself, once again, part of the old policy of pressure and strangulation of the Cuban people", founders Lenier Gonzalez and Roberto Veiga wrote Saturday.

"This is a limitation on what we did, not a reversal of what we did", Rhodes said in an interview.

Eased restrictions fuelled a boom US tourist arrivals, especially in Havana, creating demand for more bed and breakfasts, restaurants, taxis and tour guides in the fledgling private sector. "We're the ones who are hurt".

Florida Senator and Cuban-American Marco Rubio reportedly assisted the President in formulating the policy.

The Cuban government has given Trump's speech extensive coverage on official media. "Instead of asking Cuba to free political prisoners, Trump should expel the criminal politicians sheltered in the U.S.". "That could bring them under fire now, and they could find themselves much weaker".

"We do not want USA dollars to prop up a military monopoly that exploits and abuses the citizens of Cuba", Trump said. He had advanced this Friday and Trump himself has ratified it in a speech in Miami, the capital of Cuban exiles in the United States.

By putting his decision in terms of service to USA values and human rights, while taking a practical measure to defund Cuban state entities he is trying to recast the embargo as a measure against Raul Castro and government - not the Cuban people.

The Obama administration argued that decades of isolation had failed to produce changes in the Cuban regime and sought a diplomatic and economic opening between the nations.

One of the most important changes deals with transactions with the Business Administration Group, S.A - GAESA - which will now be prohibited.

Weissenstein reported from Havana and Lederman from Washington.

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