Trump announces new Cuba policy

The Cuban government of Raul Castro has criticised President Donald Trump's new restrictions on U.S. ties to the country, saying they are "destined to fail".

One of the major changes in the policy directive is that US travelers making educational people-to-people trips can no longer go to Cuba individually but must travel in groups accompanied by a company representative. Parts of the pact are likely to remain in place, including the reopened USA embassy in Cuba's capital, Havana, and the restoration of relations between United States and Cuba.

Moran said in a statement that "putting America first means exporting what we produce to countries across the globe".

Jonny Lopez De la Cruz, a 77-year-old Bay of Pigs veteran, said he was overcome with "great emotion", adding that the Cuban people deserve freedom after 58 years of suffering. He will not break the diplomatic ties Mr. Obama worked so carefully to restore, nor does he plan to impose new trade sanctions. Trump also stressed the importance of making sure investments would flow "directly to the people" in an effort to promote private Cuban businesses.

The ability of Cuban-Americans and Cubans residing in the United States to travel unrestrictedly to the island and send remittances to family members remains intact.

According to the new directive signed by Trump, the USA embassy in Havana, which reopened in August 2015, will remain open.

"We do not want USA dollars to prop up a military monopoly that exploits and abuses the citizens of Cuba", Trump said.

President Donald Trump announced a policy shift on Friday that would prohibit solo trips to Cuba, but would allow group trips to continue.

"Any strategy to change the political, economic and social system in Cuba, whether through pressure... or through more subtle methods, will be doomed to failure", Raul Castro's government said.

He called out Cuba for helping fund rogue states, terrorism, and imprisoning its people who want freedom.

Steven Zelkowitz, the managing shareholder and co-chair at the hospitality industry group at GrayRobinson law firm, thinks hotel development in Cuba will decrease because of Trump's policy.

"Having this opportunity supports our belief that the development of the Cuban economy is as beneficial to IL farmers as it is to Cuba".

"U.S. policy toward Cuba should be guided by US national security interests and promoting our values, and the Obama Administration's unilateral concessions to an oppressive Castro regime failed to meet that goal", Gardner said in a statement. "For us, normalization has to go through eliminating the economic blockade, returning the territory occupied by the Guantanamo naval base as well as non-interference in our internal affairs, among other issues", Suarez said.

The Obama policy is likely to be revised rather than reversed entirely.

"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.

  • Larry Hoffman