Trump Directs Changes to Cuba Policy

USA policy towards Cuba has always been an obstacle to improved US relations with other Latin American countries. As Amnesty International cited in a 2009 report on the effects of the embargo on Cuba, it is "the most comprehensive set of U.S. sanctions on any country, including the other countries designated by the USA government to be state sponsors of terrorism". President Trump says that Cuba's bad human rights record justifies a return to Cuba sanctions and travel prohibitions.

Likewise, those measures restrict even more the right of US citizens to visit our country, which was already limited due to the obligation of using discriminatory licenses, at a moment when the US Congress, echoing the feelings of broad sectors of that society, calls not only for an end to the travel ban, but also for the elimination of the restrictions on the trade with Cuba.

Polls showed that most Americans - even many Miami exiles - agreed that the USA embargo on Cuba was outdated. -Cuban relations, saying Trump had been badly advised and was resorting to "coercive methods of the past" that were doomed to fail.

While Havana will not respond until the United States measures are officially implemented, Rodriguez said that what Trump announced looks to hurt U.S. businesses, taxpayers and citizens, as well as the very Cuban people he supposedly seeks to champion. The suit alleges that Trump is violating the Constitution's emoluments clause, which prohibits U.S. officials from taking anything of value from foreign leaders.

The ministry said Moscow stands against a policy of embargoes, sanctions and blockades, and that the US approach over five decades had been shown to be futile. But the United States government preventing Americans from traveling and spending their own money wherever they wish is itself a violation of basic human rights. This will essentially shield US airlines and cruise lines serving the island.

"There will not be a presidential directive from the US that will alter the direction of Cuba", Bruno Rodriguez told journalists in Vienna, where he was meeting with Austrian officials. Many pundits suggested that one of the driving forces for the Obama's change in U.S.

It is also wrong for some to criticize Trump's rollback as an opportunity for China and Russian Federation to increase influence in Cuba. No.

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"In all, though, it seems that Trump's announcement in Miami does not go quite as far as some had thought possible because embassies in the countries will remain open and diplomatic relations will continue", Ward said.

But Trump's action fell well short of doing so. There have also been reports that Russian Federation has spoken to Cuba about the possibility of reopening a military base on the island, opening up the possibility of a replay of events such as the Cuban missile crisis.

The administration, according to one White House official, does not intend to "disrupt" existing business ventures such as one struck under Obama by Starwood Hotels, which is owned by Marriott International Inc., to manage a Havana hotel.

Under the Obama administration thaw, trade and financial services restrictions were eased, allowing Americans to send unlimited money to private Cuban nationals back home.

When Obama announced the detente in 2014, he said that decades of USA efforts to achieve change in Cuba by isolating the island had failed and it was time to try a new approach.

As Obama gave his speech in December 2014, the Cuban dictator gave his own remarks simultaneously in Cuba. Castro's government has clearly stated it does not intend to change its one-party political system. While seeming like small rollbacks, they may actually have a large effect, as the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group has a wide reach in the Cuban economy so that it is hard for U.S. businesses to avoid dealing with it in some capacity.

On the campaign trail, Trump promised to roll back some of Obama's Cuba initiatives that would only strengthen the Castro regime that rules Havana with an iron fist.


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