March 18 2018

Donald Trump : US President vows revamp of Obama-era Cuba deal

March 18 2018, 05:21 | Clarence Walton

Donald Trump : US President vows revamp of Obama-era Cuba deal

United States President Donald Trump is en route to Miami where he'll announce his plans for halting the flow of U.S. cash to Cuba's

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a leading supporter of re-opening relations with Cuba, blasted President Trump's misguided decision to reverse key pieces of President Obama's Cuba-engagement policy.

Trump also suggested that the initiatives he outlined were just the first steps in a revamping of American policy toward Cuba.

President Trump unveiled plans Friday to re-institute travel and business restrictions with Cuba, reversing yet another Obama administration policy.

Trump's aides contend that Obama's efforts had done nothing to advance political freedoms in Cuba, while benefiting the Cuban government financially.

"Our message to Minnesota businesses, including the thousands and thousands of Minnesota families who are producing food in Minnesota, is that we're going to Cuba because we believe this is an opportunity", Smith said.

"A year and a half ago a president, an American president landed in Havana to outstretch his hand to a regime", Rubio said before Trump took the stage at a rally in Florida. "They are rejected officially today - rejected". Trump stopped short of breaking diplomatic relations restored in 2015 after more than five decades of hostilities.

"His actions affirm that the USA will not tolerate closer relations with the Cuban government absent significant advances in the Castro regime's respect for the human rights of its people".

The American embassy will remain open in Havana for the time being. This will essentially shield United States airlines and cruise lines serving the island.

The new policy doesn't mean Americans in Cuba will be "stuck" on the island forever, but getting to Cuba will become more complicated for the average U.S. Citizen.

Trade with Cuba will not be cut off completely, however. Trips for specific educational, government, religious, and social purposes are still allowed but individual self-directed travel to Cuba is banned.

"Trump's new measures are created to exert more pressure on Havana to reform itself". He banned any US dealings with the Cuban Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group.

On the stage in Miami, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., said the USA would no longer have to witness the "embarrassing spectacle" of an American president glad-handing with a dictator.

Trudeau said there have been no conversations with Cuban officials about what role Canada might play in helping to foster a better U.S. -Cuba relationship.

Flake, a frequent critic of Trump during the presidential campaign, has been among the most outspoken lawmakers opposed to rolling back the Obama-era detente with Havana. "You have not betrayed us - you kept your promise".

Mr Trump delivered his speech at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami, named after the leader of the CIA-backed group which tried to overthrow Fidel Castro during the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.

"If the President was serious about advancing US values and security, he would recommit to a comprehensive strategy toward Cuba that prioritizes principled engagement through diplomacy, the private sector, and our citizens". Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who has helped lead efforts to lift the USA trade embargo with Cuba.

The timing and place of Trump's announcement raised some eyebrows.

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