Russian Federation criticizes Donald Trump's Cuba policy, calls it: 'Cold War rhetoric'

Trump and the Cuban-American Congress members who helped design the new policy pledged on Friday that it would block the flow of us cash toward military-linked enterprises and direct it toward independent businesses, with the long-term aim of overturning President Raul Castro's government.

The Cuban government on Friday evening responded by rejecting what it called Trump's "hostile rhetoric".

Trump's decision has to be understood within the context of his policy towards left-wing governments in the region, said Luis Suarez, a professor of global relations in Cuba.

Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday President Trump's policy changes on America's relationship with Cuba were "very appropriate", and explained why the USA needs to take a tougher stance when it comes to dealing with the communist country.

USA citizens will not be able to plan their own private trips to Cuba and their incorporation into educational excursions will be subject to strict rules and possible audits by the Treasury Department.

Nor does the measure affect the ability of Cuban-Americans to travel freely to the island and send money to relatives there, or a broad array of rules the Obama administration put in place aimed at making it easier for USA companies to do business in Cuba.

The new embassies in Washington and Havana will remain open, and restrictions on goods will stay the same.

But groups both here in the United States and the Cuban government expressed some reservations.

The ban on tourism will be upheld until that time and American companies will be barred from engaging in financial transitions with Cuba's military-operated businesses, he said.

President Trump received a bit of bi-partisan support for the new approach, including from New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, who is Cuban-American and specifically asked the White House to highlight Chesimard in the speech.

As a result, the changes - though far-reaching - appear to be less sweeping than many advocates had feared.

The "wet foot, dry foot" policy, which once let most Cuban migrants stay if they made it to United States soil but was terminated under Obama, is to remain terminated. Diplomatic relations, restored only two years ago, will remain intact.

Mr. Trump will reinstate travel and commercial restrictions eased by Mr. Obama previous year, during that administration's attempts to obtain additional concessions from the Cuban government.

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

"The Cuban people were so excited when President Obama came", Caridad Gonzalez, who runs a bed-and-breakfast, said.

Cuba functioned as a virtual USA colony for much of the 20th century, and even reform-minded Cubans are highly sensitive to perceived US infringements on national sovereignty. Americans will still be able to bring Cuban cigars home, too. "It's the people who'll suffer the consequences, not the Cuban state".

  • Zachary Reyes