Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Donald Trump's Cuba Policy, Explained

Donald Trump's Cuba Policy, Explained

And the USA government will police other such trips to ensure there's a tour group representative along making sure travelers are pursuing a "full-time schedule of educational exchange activities". Other existing categories of authorized travel remain in place (family visits; official business of the USA government, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials; and certain authorized export transactions). Cubans watched their dictator gain wealth and a little longer shelf-life to his dying regime. The Castro regime does not exist for the sake of the Cuban people; it exists for the sake of itself, the party, and the military that run the island.

Mr. Flake is one of those who wanted to leave the policy of the Obama administration in place with respect to Havana.

Cuba's foreign minister has rejected Donald Trump's new policy toward the island, saying that "we will never negotiate under pressure or under threat" and refusing to return USA fugitives who have received asylum in Cuba.

"President Obama's policy with Cuba was a one-sided affair, there was no give and take". The unflinching tyrant continued as a devoted Communist: "Today, despite the difficulties, we have embarked on the task of updating our economic model in order to build a prosperous and sustainable Socialism". I don't think all that goodwill is lost.

Despite claiming to be canceling the deal "effective immediately", at the end of the speech Trump signed a presidential directive that the Commerce and Treasury departments begin drawing up changes to the Obama administration's most recent regulations within 30 days.

"It's hard to think of a policy that makes less sense than the prior administration's awful and misguided deal with the Castro regime", Trump said in Miami. Airbnb will still be able to operate, though it's unclear how the new policies will curtail demand. Repeating his absurd claim that the deal to reopen diplomatic relations and allow United States companies to operate on the island was "one-sided" and "terrible and misguided", the Trump administration is speaking not only for wealthy, right-wing Cuban exiles who were part of his base. Rolling back this policy and allowing US citizens to only enter the country on organized tours, means that less tourism dollars will find their way to the Cuban people. Rather, the Trump policy will limit the United States' ability to achieve the Trump administration's policy objectives and will weaken the president's position at home and overseas.

Trump's primary objective is to keep money out of the hands of Cuba's military and intelligence services. Be mindful that Cuba's pals are Venezuela, Russia and China. "They have nothing to do with human rights".

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Despite Obama's contempt for Liberty and palling around with Raul "the Reformer", the Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation has reported the Castro military increased its political detentions from 718 in 2015 to 1,095 recorded in just the first six months of 2016.

The U.S.is not at war with Cuba.

Rodriguez reiterated the will of the Cubans to have a dialogue with the USA with respect for Havana's sovereignty. USA travelers will be prohibited from spending money at hotels and restaurants tied to the Cuban military.

"America has rejected the Cuban people's oppressors", Trump said in a crowded, sweltering auditorium.

In practical terms, Mr. Trump's review of the deal was limited.

Q: What's been the response to Trump's efforts?

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