Many Cubans crestfallen at Trump's detente roll back

Alvin Kelly
June 18, 2017

America severed ties with Cuba in 1961, shortly after Fidel Castro launched a revolution that toppled a usa -friendly government, and the two countries had been at loggerheads ever since.

Nelson Avila, center, joins anti-President Donald Trump protesters, calling for open relations with Cuba on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Miami. "As we say, 'stay woke, ' this is a time to be vigilant, stay woke, and have your members of Congress sign onto our bills".

However, the government also made it clear that it is willing to continue "respectful dialogue" and cooperation with Washington on issues of mutual interest.

Obama also became the first sitting USA president to pay a visit to the South American country in over 50 years.

In a statement read out on the evening news, the 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. Although a ban on tourism remained in place under the Obama administration, White House officials said many Americans skirted the rules by declared their trip to Cuba fell under one of the allowed categories, such as education or professional research. "On the other hand, we think we've achieved very little in terms of changing the behavior of the regime in Cuba and its treatment of people", he said, "and it has little incentive to change that".

This process culminated in significant economic opportunities for both the USA and Cuba.

"Last year I promised to be a voice against repression in our region", Trump said, "and a voice for the freedom of the Cuban people".

Trump will not close the U.S. Embassy in Havana, and commercial flights and cruise ships will still be allowed.

Finally, Obama ended the "wet foot, dry foot" immigration policy that applied only to Cubans.

Also not expected are any changes to USA regulations governing what items Americans can bring back from Cuba, including the rum and cigars produced by state-run enterprises.

Moreover, Obama's efforts allowed Americans to use credit and debit cards in the country and to send money to relatives in Cuba from the United States.

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

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. Though it is not a complete reversal of Obama's policy, Lee said the change will hurt both countries.

In December 2014, in the most sweeping change in U.S.

Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security adviser who negotiated Obama's opening with the Cubans, said it was disappointing Trump was halting the momentum that had built but added that it could have been worse.

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.

"If I were the Cuban government I'd put Trump's speech up in schools". The effect of this new policy will be strengthening the revolutionary leadership and seeing that it's right.

"If we come again, we will probably sneak in", she said.

In response, the Cuban government late Friday said that any attempt to change the political system on the island would be destined to fail.

Emmer, who's been one of Trump's most enthusiastic backers on Capitol Hill, echoed Crawford's criticism, saying Trump's Cuba directive appears to be in violation of his promise to keep the American homeland safe.

Weissenstein reported from Havana and Lederman from Washington.

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