Trump keeps much of Obama's Cuba policy

Paterniano Del Favero
Giugno 17, 2017

Pressing "pause" on a historic detente, President Donald Trump thrust the USA and Cuba back on a path toward open hostility Friday with a blistering denunciation of the island's communist government.

"President Trump promised that he would repeal everything Obama had done with Cuba", said Valladares, who was appointed ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

He stated that polls show that over 70 percent of USA citizens, including a majority of Republicans, support lifting the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington on Cuba. "The last two years have shown that the two countries can cooperate and coexist in a civilized way", it said.

President Donald Trump is clamping down on some commerce and travel between the United States and Cuba but leaving intact many new avenues President Barack Obama had opened.

"America stands with the persecuted, the oppressed, and the exploited in Cuba", Pence exclaimed.

"We would love to keep the sunny side, we'd love to keep it in compliance with existing statutes that doesn't lead to financial support for what we can only describe continues to be a very oppressive regime", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week. "Our embassy remains open in the hopes that our countries can forge a much stronger and better path", Trump said. Today, the city 30 miles west of Havana is home to the county's main cargo facility, where freighters unload containers of supplies for the country's booming tourism industry.

Persons subject to US jurisdiction will still be able to engage in authorized travel to Cuba by cruise ship or passenger vessel.

The "wet foot, dry foot" policy will not end, which allows "most Cuban migrants who made it onto US soil to stay and eventually become legal permanent residents".

Worldwide human rights groups say, however, that renewed USA efforts to isolate the island could worsen the situation by empowering Cuban hard-liners.

Moran, whose state has nearly 46 million acres devoted to farm operations, has backed legislation to restore trade with Cuba.

'With the establishment of direct flights, cruise lines, and broadened authorization for travel to Cuba, the number of Americans visiting increased 50 percent to over 500,000 in 2016, ' he wrote.

Chesimard was sentenced to life in prison but escaped in November 1979 and eventually traveled to Cuba. Before him, was his brother Fidel Castro, whose rule was often criticized for suppressing economic and political freedoms.

The pope has not commented publicly on Trump's plan.

There will be no lifting of USA sanctions against Cuba "until all political prisoners are free, freedom of expression and assembly are respected, all political parties are legalized, and free and internationally supervised elections are scheduled", Trump declared.

He also demanded legalization of all political parties, and free and internationally supervised elections.

Trump aims to halt the flow of US dollars to the country's military and security services.

He challenged the Castro regime "to come to the table with a new agreement that is in the best interest of both their people and our people".

For the announcement, the White House chose to have Trump speak at the Manuel Artime Theate in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. "Our policy will seek a much better deal for the Cuban people and the US".

He's calling on the Senate's GOP leadership to allow a vote on his legislation that would eliminate restrictions on travel to Cuba by American citizens and legal residents.

USA cruise operators and airlines could lose around $712 million in annual revenues if the Trump administration fully reinstates restrictions on travel, Washington lobby group Engage Cuba said in a recent report. "There's lots of potential for US businesses to do business, and of course it's a great leisure destination in the Caribbean for people to go on vacation".

Airbnb spokesman Nick Papas told CBS San Francisco that the company believes, "Travel from the Cuba is an important way to encourage people-to-people diplomacy".

The son of a Cuban immigrant, Rubio opposed Obama's re-engagement with Cuba, saying Obama was making concessions to an "odious regime".

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