Trump thrusts US, Cuba back toward hostile relationship

The two major changes unveiled in Trump's new policy are preventing USA companies from doing business with the #Cuban Military and enforcing who can travel to Cuba.

The Cuban government on Friday evening responded by rejecting what it called Trump's "hostile rhetoric".

British travellers hoping to combine the United States and Cuba on the same trip face much tighter restrictions.

"In an extremely packed and very warm auditorium", Trump said he was "canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba". In practice, however, many recent changes to boost ties to Cuba will stay as they are.

Despite Trump's campaign pledge to improve relations with Moscow, there has been no significant improvement in foreign policy cooperation between the two countries.

The embassies in Washington and Havana will remain open and fully operational. This will essentially shield US airlines and cruise lines serving the island. On the plus side, the new policy bars U.S. trade and investment in enterprises owned by the Cuban military and secret police. However, Cuban-Americans will be able to continue to visit their family in Cuba and send them remittances.

But individual "people-to-people" trips by Americans to Cuba, allowed by Obama for the first time in decades, will again be prohibited.

In addition, the United States government is to police other trips to ensure travelers are pursuing a "full-time schedule of educational exchange activities".

Trump signed a memorandum on Friday directing the Treasury and Commerce departments to start issuing regulations under the revised policy within 30 days. Refusing to negotiate domestic reforms in exchange for USA concessions is perhaps the most fundamental plank of Cuba's policy toward the U.S. Trump also accused the government of Raul Castro of arms supplies to North Korea and the instigation of tension in Venezuela. "And we are going to be safeguarding those people", he said.

Global human rights groups say, however, that renewed US efforts to isolate the island could worsen the situation by empowering Cuban hard-liners.

Many are on the GOP side and are heavily critical of the previous administration for not doing more to insist on the return of Chesimard and other fugitives hiding out in Cuba.

"Having this opportunity supports our belief that the development of the Cuban economy is as beneficial to IL farmers as it is to Cuba".

Global human rights groups say, however, that reinstating a US policy of isolating the island could make the situation worse by empowering Cuban hardliners.

The statement added that Trump was "poorly advised" to favour the political interests of an "extremist minority" of Cuban-Americans living in Florida, who, because of "petty motivations, will not give up on their ambition of punishing Cuba and its people". "Everything bad that happens in Cuba, they blame the embargo". The people who run private restaurants and who open up their homes to tourists will be directly affected.

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