In a statement read out on the evening news Friday, the Cuban 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. This will essentially shield United States airlines and cruise lines serving the island.
White House officials also said it's the category most ripe for abuse, with Americans using it to skirt the tourism ban. GAESA is the company of the Cuban Armed Forces that controls 60% of the Cuban economy, or as the Trump Administration put it "virtually every profitable sector of the economy".
"Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba", Trump said in a speech from the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. "To roll back the engagement will only manage to isolate us from the world", said Havana resident Marta Deus.
The policy clarifies that any further improvements in the United States-Cuba relationship will depend entirely on the Cuban government's willingness to improve the lives of the Cuban people, including through promoting the rule of law, respecting human rights, and taking concrete steps to foster political and economic freedoms.
Cuba's 1,470-word statement Friday night labeled Trump a hypocrite for calling on Cuba to improve human rights, saying the USA government "is threatening more limits on health care that would leave 23 million people without insurance. and marginalizes immigrants and refugees, particular those from Islamic countries".
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After almost three years of warming relations between the United States and Cuba, President Donald Trump has announced that his administration will unravel many of his predecessor's policies on the communist state. When Obama announced the detente in 2014, he said that decades of USA efforts to achieve change in Cuba by isolating the island had failed and it was time to try a new approach. Global human rights groups say, however, that renewed United States efforts to isolate the island could worsen the situation by empowering Cuban hard-liners. He spoke in Miami briefly before Trump took the stage. Washington had severed diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961, two years after communist rebels led by Fidel Castro toppled the right-wing government of Fulgencio Batista.
The statement says that "It's clear the anti-Cuba discourse is still widely needed". Less than a year later, the U.S. Embassy in Havana re-opened, and Obama paid a historic visit to Havana in 2016. Obama's détente has already lifted exports and raised hopes for more gains, which they said were now in doubt.
But at the same time, Trump often criticizes regulations on the business community as "burdensome" and "job-killing". As evidence, Mr. Trump cites an attempt back in 2013 when Cuba tried to ship obsolete weapons to North Korea.
"His speech was aggressive and threatening, . revealing his contempt and ignorance" the President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro said. The U.S. and Cuba have also signed multiple bilateral agreements to work together on everything from human and drug trafficking to maritime security and migration. And a blanket ban on USA transactions with Cuba's military conglomerate would just create opportunities for European, Asian and Latin American investors to fill the gap, depriving the US of influence and commercial opportunities. "The previous administration's easing of restrictions of travel and trade does not help the Cuban people".
"You could say, 'You could buy a drink anywhere, ' but we want to come to a famous, very nice place", said Russell Francis, 35, a special education teach from Houston, after visiting Sloppy Joe's, which won renown during the 1920s U.S. Prohibition era when American tourists flocked to Havana to drink and gamble to their heart's content. The effect of this new policy will be strengthening the revolutionary leadership and seeing that it's right.
HAVANA (AP) President Donald Trump's announcement of a tougher line toward Cuba has delighted hardliners on the island, who say it reveals the long-held US aim of imposing American will on Cuba and justifies their wariness toward Washington.