Trump keeps much of Obama's Cuba policy

Cuba's new ambassador to the US, Jose Ramon Cabanas, who re-opened the embassy in Washington past year, tweeted a picture of American tourists ambling through a street market with the ironic message: "Now it is official: these are the new enemies of US Foreign Policy".

Miami's Cuban-American population has a reputation for diehard anti-communism and an opposition to thawing ties, but in the Little Havana district on Thursday, some even those who had fled oppression - were philosophical about detente.

"Our policy will seek a much better deal for the Cuban people and for the United States of America..."

"A free Cuba is what we will soon achieve", Trump declared after telling the crowd he was happy to be back with all his friends in 'Little Havana'.

Ahead of Friday's remarks, the Cuban government - including Cuban President Raul Castro - is signaling a willingness to negotiate with Trump.

Sopo said he was very interested to see the final details of how the policies are written, because all of this could change if the Trump administration changes the definition of "supporting the Cuban people".

Cuba regretted "a reversal in relations between the two countries", the statement said.

She added, "It's so ironic and so paradoxical that this person who is the prince of private enterprise is squashing the aspirations of this burgeoning Cuban entrepreneur sector of society".

But far from terminating the deal, it seems Trump is content with leaving numerous most economically important Obama policies in place.

Havana decried the "hostile rhetoric that recalls the time of open confrontation", and "return to the coercive methods of the past".

Tourists will still be able to travel to Cuba, but it will be harder and restricted compared to the Obama policies.

Although the policy changes announced were limited, Trump tightened rules for Americans traveling to Cuba, banned ties with a military-run tourism firm and reaffirmed the existing U.S. trade embargo.

"It's an abuse of power by the USA empire not to listen to the whole world's support against the blockade of Cuba", he said.

Obama announced in December 2014 that he and Cuban leader Raul Castro were restoring diplomatic ties between their countries, arguing that a new approach was needed because the policy the US had pursued for decades had failed to democratize the island.

Other members of the luncheon meeting, held in a Miami suburb, expressed disappointment that they were not consulted by US lawmakers from Florida who helped shape the policy, including Sen.

President Trump said he's "canceling" Obama's deal with Cuba.

In Cuba, U.S. tour companies were required to contract guides, tour buses and hotel rooms from the Cuban government, meaning U.S. travelers were effectively under the constant supervision of the government. "The revolution was bigger than Fidel, it will last long after Fidel, and we can absorb whatever you want to throw at us'".

But individual "people-to-people" trips by Americans to Cuba, allowed by Obama for the first time in decades, will again be prohibited. But that agreement was good for a lot of American businesses.

Now they are going to go back to the old way, where you have to apply beforehand to the federal government, get approval to go down. By blocking transactions with companies linked to the Cuban military, Trump closes a foreign-exchange ticket, and at the same time sends a political message: You can not do business with the military.

"President Trump's announcement will put further pressure on the airlines".

Nationwide, American businesses export about $300 million in agricultural products to Cuba each year- and that's just for humanitarian purposes. "Change in Cuba means opening the doors and that will help everyone move on towards the future".

  • Salvatore Jensen


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