Russian Federation slams Trump's policy on Cuba

Danny Woods
June 24, 2017

Global human rights groups say, however, that reinstating a US policy of isolating the island could make the situation worse by empowering Cuban hardliners. President Trump is en route to Miami, where he'll announce his plans for halting the f.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump speaks about Cuba policy, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Miami.

Trump's reversal will reinstate a number of travel and commercial restrictions between the US and Cuba.

The Cuban government rebuked those statements in a lengthy response Friday, writing that Trump's executive order betrays a double standard on human rights. Still, Cuba said it is willing to continue "respectful dialogue" with on topics of mutual interest.

"We will not be silent in the face of communist oppression any longer", Trump said. "Officially, today, they are rejected".

"Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba", Trump added. As President Trump pointed out in his speech earlier today, he intends to keep the US embassy open "in hope that our countries can forge a much stronger" relationship in the future.

Trump will not sever diplomatic ties with Cuba nor shutter the USA embassy that reopened there in 2015. The two countries have reopened embassies in their respective capitals and have signed a dozen of cooperation deals since then. USA airlines and cruise ships would still be allowed to service the island.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has urged the Trump administration to make Chesimard's return to the United States part of any change in Cuba policy. Remittances from people in America to Cubans won't be cut off.

And the USA government will police other trips to ensure travellers are pursuing a "full-time schedule of educational exchange activities".

The changes won't go into effect until new documents laying out details are issued.

Trump aides said Thursday that Rubio was "very helpful" to the administration as it spent months reviewing the policy.

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Trump also called Cuba a national security threat.

But he did tighten rules for Americans travelling to Cuba, ban ties with a military-run tourism firm and reaffirm the existing USA trade embargo, which will be firmly enforced.

And he is not closing down the American embassy Obama opened in Havana - a pillar of the deal Trump claimed was so awful for the US.

Solé was considering opening a Cuban property, but changed its mind because of the policy changes, Zelkowitz said. "I'd print a copy for every Cuban", said Iroel Sanchez, a pro-government columnist and blogger who was fiercely critical of Obama.

"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.

For Cubans, the shift risks stifling a nascent middle class that has started to rise as Americans have flocked to the island on airlines, patronizing thousands of private bed-and-breakfasts. "We're the ones who are hurt".

"Faced with your words, the Cuban people stand up and, their flag held high, sing their war anthem!" said a Facebook post by Jennifer Bello Martinez, the head of Cuba's official Federation of University Students and, at 25, the youngest member of the powerful Council of State. Cuba's government may not formally respond to Trump's speech until a speech Monday by its foreign minister. "We will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime until all political prisoners are free". Despite praise of Obama's deal, which loosened travel restrictions to the island, Trump surmised the deal was too generous to the Raúl Castro regime.

The new measures prohibit financial transactions with Cuba's military-backed tourism conglomerate GAESA, which had hoped for a windfall from a new surge in American visitors. As evidence, Mr. Trump cites an attempt back in 2013 when Cuba tried to ship obsolete weapons to North Korea.

"The harbouring of criminals and fugitives will end", Trump said.

Diplomatic relations are still open between the two countries. and no restrictions on any goods that the U.S can benefit from Cuba by forbidding trading with businesses run by Military or Intelligence services. "We want to put them in a privileged position so American travelers to Cuba will have to spend their money with them instead of the Cuban military".

Last Friday Trump sought to revive that struggle, listing the misdeeds of the Castro government over more than five decades.

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