How will President Trump's restrictions affect Havana?

"We will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime until all political prisoners are freed, freedoms of assembly and expression are respected, all political parties are legalised and free and internationally supervised elections are scheduled", Trump said.

"I have continued to press both the Obama and Trump Administrations for the return of Joanne Chesimard, and am pleased that the president today made her return - in clear and absolute terms, as I have insisted - contingent upon any further USA engagement in Cuba".

That could be hard for developers, Zelkowitz said, since the military's control over the economy is so pervasive.

Still, Cuba said it is willing to continue "respectful dialogue" with the USA on topics of mutual interest.

"Faced with your words, the Cuban people stand up and, their flag held high, sing their war anthem!" said a Facebook post by Jennifer Bello Martinez, the head of Cuba's official Federation of University Students and, at 25, the youngest member of the powerful Council of State. "Officially, today, they are rejected".

Declaring Obama's pact with Castro a "completely one-sided deal", Trump said he was cancelling it.

In 2016, Newsweekreported that a company run by Trump had - in the late 1990s - secretly conducted business in Fidel Castro's Cuba by funneling cash for the trip to the country into an American consulting firm, which helped Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts executives "make it appear legal by linking it after the fact to a charitable effort". "Our new policy begins with strictly enforcing United States law", he told a cheering crowd in Miami's Little Havana, the spiritual home of the Cuban- American community.

The Castro government said in a statement that Trump's speech "reminded the times of open confrontation with our country, announced the policy of his government towards Cuba which reverts the progress achieved in the past two years".

The lengthy statement went on to strike a conciliatory tone, saying Cuba wants to continue negotiations with the USA on a variety of subjects.

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".

Embassies in Washington and Havana will stay open and cruises and direct flights between the Washington and Havana will be protected under an exception from the prohibition on transactions with military-controlled entities. This will essentially shield USA airlines and cruise lines serving the island. "They will not achieve their objective of debilitating the Revolution or submitting the Cuban people, whose resistance to the aggressions of any kind and origin has been proven throughout six decades". Remittances from people in America to Cubans won't be cut off.

And the U.S. government will police other trips to ensure travellers are pursuing a "full-time schedule of educational exchange activities".

The United States will oppose actions and resolutions at the United Nations and other global forums to support Cuba and call for an end to the embargo.

President Donald Trump says his administration's new policy on Cuba aims to "empower" the citizens of that country.

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.

"A Cuban small businessman should not be obliged to buy from the only wholesaler that exists now, which is the state", he said.

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.

  • Carolyn Briggs