Tougher Trump line toward Cuba delights hardliners on island

In a statement read out on the evening news Friday, the Cuban Communist government said Trump was resorting to "coercive methods of the past" that hurt the Cuban people and prevented economic development but would not weaken the revolution.

Mr Trump announced the restrictions on Friday and they came in for broad criticism, with Russian Federation saying it was a return to "the rhetoric of the cold war" and Nicaragua condemning "this unjustifiable new aggression".

"It would be more effective to continue an open line of communication and working relationship with a government in need of democratic assistance, instead of shutting them out", Boozman said. Greater sanctions wouldn't persuade Cuba's one-party state to change its spots; they would just reinvigorate aging hardliners and their narrative of Yanqui persecution. "This is a completely unnecessary step backward for American families and businesses, the Cuban people and USA global leadership". According to the Cuban Ministry, 74 percent more American citizens visited the island in 2016 than in 2015 and, following through on a pledge to Obama, Castro opened almost 400 new public Wi-Fi access points around Cuba.

The "wet foot, dry foot" policy, which once let most Cuban migrants stay if they made it to USA soil but was terminated under Obama, will remain terminated. Trump's aides said the aim was to close off a path for Americans seeking beach vacations in a country where USA tourism is still officially banned.

We reject Donald Trump's declarations against our brother Cuba.

"Since President Obama transformed USA relations with Cuba in 2014, Americans and Cubans alike have reaped the benefits of expanded trade, loosened travel restrictions, and strengthened diplomatic ties", said Lee. "I have trust in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to Cuba", said Jorge Saurez, 66, a retired physician in Little Havana. And there will be no further restrictions on the types of goods that Americans can take out of Cuba, including the country's popular rum and cigars.

There is no doubt that if the United States wants to influence Cuba, the best policy is to engage more with Cuba, not disengage.

The new policy aims to starve military-linked businesses of cash by banning any US payments to them.

Hard-line exiles agreed with Trump's move to roll back some of the changes by restricting commerce with entities linked to Cuba's military, restoring tougher travel rules and other moves in hopes of forcing Cuba toward democracy.

He admits he was anxious before President Trump's announcement, but wasn't too disappointed with what he heard. The Cuban government, which has made clear it will not be pressured into reforms, had no immediate comment.

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None of these new regulations take effect immediately, a White House official said, adding that government agencies are expected to officially issue the regulatory amendments in the coming months. Trump foreign policy has only one guiding principle: do the opposite of Obama, no matter the cost. "We will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime until all political prisoners are free".

"The confusion that will surround this policy will undoubtedly stifle US demand to travel to the island", she said.

"Deceiving the U.S. administration and appeasing militant outfits like Haqqani network, Taliban Quetta Shura and Al Qaeda operatives is a policy towed by ISI", the memorandum said. I think it is really that simple.

Leading human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have also urged the administration to keep Cuba open.

In December 2014, Obama reestablished diplomatic ties with Cuba for the first time in more than half-a-century.

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