Many Cuban exiles embrace Trump policy but want more

The president's move reverses only some of Obama's Cuba policies.

"Just kind of looking forward to going to Cuba before, look Trump is going to Miami, so hopefully we don't get stuck down there", said Giordano.

President Trump listed a very stringent list of demands that have to be met by the Cuban government if they hope to negotiate a new deal with the United States.

"We continue to believe that increased travel between the United States and Cuba would serve to strengthen an evolving bilateral relationship, and Marriott remains ready to build on the progress that has been made in the last two years", the company said.

Cuba has repeatedly said it will not renege on the promise of the former president, who died in November. But Trump said it's up to the Castro regime to decide if the US will lift its sanctions.

Caterpillar, which has long called for the USA government to end the trade embargo, also weighed in. Boozman and Crawford have been advocating to allow agricultural goods to be sold on credit through private financing.

But diplomatic ties would not be cut, with embassies in Havana and Washington remaining open.

"President Trump promised that he would repeal everything Obama had done with Cuba", said Valladares, who was appointed ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

"Acosta said the rollback of Obama policies was hypocritical after Trump's praise for other countries accused of human rights violations". "There is a tremendous opportunity for success in Cuba for Arkansas farmers, and the lifting of credit restrictions on agriculture is a logical first step". During the Obama administration Americans took advantage of the "people to people" travel program, which is designed for Americans to interact with the Cuban people. Patrick Leahy of Vermont that would "fully lift these archaic restrictions which do not exist for travel by Americans to any other country in the world".

Klobuchar spoke at an airport news conference highlighting Lt. Gov. Tina Smith's trade delegation trip to Cuba next week.

The president says his new policy will also restrict the flow of American dollars to the military, security and intelligence services that are the core of the government led by Raul Castro.

The White house also chose to limit tourist travel of Americans to Cuba. "We will continue working with the administration to minimise any impact on the traveling public".

Smith announced the trip at a news conference alongside U.S. Sen. Emmer said Trump was rolling back progress on improving U.S. -Cuba relations and making America less safe.

Sylvia Iriondo, a Cuban exile and the president of Mothers and Women Against Repression, said Trump's policy would take away resources used by the Cuban regime "to beat, to repress, to curtail, to censor and to incarcerate people who dare to speak out".

  • Zachary Reyes