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Trump on Friday vowed to roll back his predecessor Barack Obama's deal re-opening trade ties with Havana, in favor of measures to support the Cuban people against what he called their "cruel and brutal" regime.

Responding to President Donald Trump's announcement Friday that he is reversing the Obama administration's steps to normalize relations with Cuba, the Castro government said the usa is in no "condition to lecture us". Cubans are still optimistic.

Some of del Rio's friends were too disappointed to continue watching the speech until the end and left halfway.

President Trump is en route to Miami, where he'll announce his plans for halting the flow of USA cash to Cuba's military and security services while maintaining diplomatic relations, in a partial reversal of the Obama administration policies.

The Cuban leader added that "the U.S. is not in a position to give us lessons", voicing "serious concerns" on the "numerous cases of murders, brutality and police abuses, the exploitation of child labour, racial discrimination and restrictions on healthcare services". "I am more hopeful than ever for the return of Joanne Chesimard to the United States to complete her term of imprisonment for the 1973 murder of Trooper Werner Foerster". "The only thing the President is doing is taking away the supposed freedoms the American people have", Mata added.

Sen. Marco Rubio, who claims credit for writing the Trump policy along with a fellow Cuban-American and Florida Republican, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, tweeted Friday that individual American travelers will still be able to go to Cuba for the goal of supporting the Cuban people, a category that includes helping human rights organizations and non-governmental groups meant to strengthen democracy and civil society. He announced the strict rules to the Americans whose wish is to visit Cuba while signing a new National Security Presidential Memorandum.

Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., said Trump's shift is more than just a missed opportunity for rural America, which would benefit from greater access to Cuba's agricultural import market.

"A Cuban small businessman should not be obliged to buy from the only wholesaler that exists now, which is the state", he said. However, visitors will still be able to eat at paladares (restaurants operated out of private homes) and can stay in private homes or Airbnb properties. Many who come use the old nostalgic private cars as transportation.

"The new measures will attack the only sources of growth that the Cuban economy now has: tourism and the private sector", said Pavel Vidal, a Cuban economist at Pontifical Xaverian University in Colombia.

Aug 2016: USA commercial flight arrives in Cuba for the first time in more than half a century.

In a statement read out on the evening news, the 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.

Former President Barack Obama's move to reinstate diplomatic relations December 17, 2014 remained in place with both embassies in Havana and Washington open.

In turn, airlines and US hotel chains began investing resources in Cuba, while chicken, grain and other agricultural producers from the USA exported tons of products to Cuba. He's a Senior Fellow for Strategic Initiatives at the Center for a Secure Free Society.

  • Salvatore Jensen