Trump Curtails Cuba Travel, Reverses Obama Thaw; Individual Travel Prohibited

One of the most important changes deals with transactions with the Business Administration Group, S.A - GAESA - which will now be prohibited.

Whether or not USA citizens will continue to visit the island under tighter restrictions will only be seen in the future.

The announcement of President Trump -it adds- goes against the support of most of the US public opinion, including the Cuban emigration in that country, to the calls for fully lifting the blockade and establishing normal relations.

"They made a deal with a government that spread violence and instability in the region and nothing they got - think about it - nothing they got - they fought for everything and we just didn't fight hard enough, but now, those days are over".

"We will not be silent in the face of communist oppression any longer", Trump said. "They only enrich the Cuban regime", the president said.

Despite his effort to roll back parts of his predecessor Barack Obama's cuba policy, Trump stopped short of closing US embassy in Cuba.

Trump said his actions bypassed the military and the government to help the Cuban people form businesses and pursue much better lives.

But he won roars of approval and cries of 'Viva Cuba libre!' from the invited crowd of Cuban-Americans and Cuban exiles.

"Travel brings income to the people who work in our industry; President Trump's statements indicate that the Cuban people, rather than the government will be hit by this policy change", he added.

Earlier yesterday, Trump vowed to overhaul Obama's policies. "Expanding U.S. commercial interests and introducing U.S. investment in Cuba should be coupled with the Cuban government's concrete and irreversible steps to ensure the democratic rights and freedoms of its people".

There is no other option left for the USA but to take unilateral military actions inside Pakistani territory to kill jihadist operatives, it argued.

Donald Trump has announced a partial rollback of his predecessor's rapprochement with Cuba, tightening travel and trade rules on the grounds of what he said was a worsening human rights situation on the island.

To this day, Cuba is ruled by the same people who killed tens of thousands of their own citizens, who sought to spread their repressive and failed ideology throughout our hemisphere and who once tried to host enemy nuclear weapons 90 miles from our shores, Trump said. "This disappointing announcement does nothing but limit economic and cultural potential for our state and country".

The Excélsior says that the United States' tough hand with Cuba is returning, and includes a note from the Mexican government that asks the top authorities of both countries to resolve the differences with the dialogue. For more than a decade, a diverse coalition that includes worldwide educators has advocated for opening relations with Cuba.

Trump's critics have also questioned why his administration is now singling out Cuba for its human rights record while downplaying the issue in other parts of the world.

The changes that Trump has announced will have an impact on the Cuban economy within three months, once the new regulations are put in place.

  • Leroy Wright