Russia says Trump is using 'Cold War rhetoric' on Cuba

Russia says Trump is using 'Cold War rhetoric' on Cuba

Russia says Trump is using 'Cold War rhetoric' on Cuba

A colorful Cuban streetscape.

President Donald Trump's decision to reverse some Obama-era Cuba policies landed with a thud among many congressional Republicans who say the new approach surrenders a potentially lucrative market for American goods and services to competitors. That includes 330,000 Cuban Americans visiting relatives on the island, but numerous rest were Americans taking advantage of Obama's landmark moves to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba.

To many, it is also laughable when Trump talks about human rights conditions in Cuba as a major reason for his decision. Travel will continue to be allowed in all 12 authorized categories, but will be subject to greater controls and supervision.

"President Trump will treat the Castro regime as the malevolent dictatorship that it is", Díaz-Balart said. USA airlines and cruise ships will still be allowed to serve the island. "So, the silver lining is that it's still very much possible to travel to Cuba-the options have simply become more limited". American (AAL), Delta (DAL), JetBlue (JBLU), Southwest (LUV), United (UAL) and Alaska Airlines (ALK) are the US carriers now offering flights to Cuba.

Now President Donald Trump is working to crack down on Cuba, delivering a speech in Miami on Friday in which he announced plans to place new restrictions on travel and trade with the island nation.

"Access Trips' tours will operate as planned, with our eight-day immersive culinary tours as well as our five-day weekend trips to Havana both created to help our guests explore Cuban culture through its cuisine". USA airlines and cruise ships would still be allowed to service the island.

Although Trump said he was "completely" canceling Obama's Cuba policy, the change is posture is only a partial shift from Obama's policy. 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. "We know what's going on and we remember what happened".

The statement reiterates Cuba's commitment to "the necessary changes that we're making now as part of the updating of our socio-economic model", but says "they will continue being decided in a sovereign way by the Cuban people".

Hundreds packed the rickety Manuel Artime Theater - from recently arrived dissidents fleeing Raul Castro's rule, to older veterans of failed Central Intelligence Agency covert operations and the new generation of Cuban-American US lawmakers.

It also appears that Trump is aiming to undermine dealings with companies affiliated to the Cuban military.

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. What are some of the specific changes that Trump plans to make?

But they will burden the USA government with the complicated task of policing Americans' travel to Cuba to make sure there are no transactions with the military-linked conglomerate that runs much of the Cuban economy. However, the policy will allow United States businesses already engaged with Cuba to continue doing business. A total of 75 percent approve the 2015 decision to re-establish United States relations with Cuba, while 73 percent favor ending the long-standing U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, the survey revealed.

Friday's announcement was met with chagrin by several members of Congress, including Arizona Sen.

American travel to Cuba has been a political battleground since the early 1990s, when the collapse of the Soviet Union left the island's communist government starved for hard currency.

By reinstating restrictions on independent travellers, the Trump administration's new policy will hurt Cuba's emerging private sector that caters to American visitors, critics insist. A total of 191 countries voted in favor.

Washington, D.C. Rep. Barbara Lee echoed those thoughts in her own statement.

"Economic practices that benefit the Cuban military at the expense of the Cuban people will soon be coming to an end #BetterDealforCuba", Rubio tweeted.

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