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Cuba calls Trump speech on island 'grotesque spectacle'

Cuba calls Trump speech on island 'grotesque spectacle'

While Obama's much-delayed rapprochement with Cuba was applauded by the global community and indeed many people in the USA, the rollback by Trump reflects his bid to restore a failed U.S. policy, a Cold War legacy. The Cuban state run news published an article painting Trump's move as vastly unpopular in the U.S. and backwards-thinking.

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. Sure that sounds exactly like a reformer in action responding to US leadership, right?

A group of 55 Cuban businesspeople sent a letter last week to Trump's daughter and adviser, Ivanka, warning against the policy changes.

But, facing pressure from US businesses and even some fellow Republicans to avoid turning back the clock completely in relations with Cuba, the president chose to leave intact some of his Democratic predecessor's steps toward normalization.

Leading up to the announcement, there are at least five key factors the Trump administration should consider before deciding to roll back current US regulations on the island nation. The new ban will revert back to only allowing travel within organized groups.

However, according the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Trump's proposed changes United States residents can still travel to the island via airlines and cruise ships. Many pundits suggested that one of the driving forces for the Obama's change in U.S.

Here's a look at Trump's policy toward Cuba. Commercial flights will continue and the USA embassy in Havana will remain open.

Trump, however, stopped short of breaking diplomatic relations restored in 2015 after more than five decades of hostilities.

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In the first response by a Cuban official to a new, harsher Cuba policy unveiled by President Donald Trump last week, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Monday that the island's government would not buckle to the new sanctions.

Mr. Emmer, one of Mr. Trump's biggest supporters on Capitol Hill, picked up on Crawford's criticism, saying the new directive could violate his promise to provide security in the United States.

Obama oversaw the re-establishment of relations with Cuba, the reopening of the U.S.'s embassy in Havana and Cuba's embassy in Washington, and greatly eased American travel to Cuba. Due to the Cuban embargo, Americans are not allowed to spend money in Cuba without a license from the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Castro's government has clearly stated it does not intend to change its one-party political system.

Marselha Margerin of Amnesty International noted that Trump recently traveled to Saudi Arabia, where he lavished its leaders with praise and signed a huge military deal but ignored their flagrant human rights abuses.

The Cuban government, which has made clear it will not be pressured into reforms, had no immediate comment.

After President Obama established a trading relationship in 2014, Cubans found an increase in income from businesses and leisure travel.

He was surrounded by the most reactionary and backward of the Right, the so-called Cuban-Americans, by murderers and terrorists who are responsible for thousands of deaths and maimed people in Cuba and the children of torturers from the Batista dictatorship, by such sad memories for the Cuban people. The goal is to halt the flow of US cash to the country's military and security services in a bid to increase pressure on Cuba's government.

“I have trust in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to Cuba, ” said Jorge Saurez, 66, a retired physician in Little Havana.

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