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Cuban Relations Will Soon Have More Than One New Face

Cuban Relations Will Soon Have More Than One New Face”

Trump's move, announced Friday in Miami, actually leaves in place most of the important elements of President Barack Obama's moves to open relations with the island. Less than a year later, the U.S. Embassy in Havana re-opened.

Other members of the luncheon meeting, held in a Miami suburb, expressed disappointment that they were not consulted by US lawmakers from Florida who helped shape the policy, including Sen.

Sen. Jeff Flake is criticizing President Donald Trump's new policy on Cuba.

She said making it harder for people to travel to or trade with Cuba will all but guarantee that other countries move in on trade opportunities now open to US companies. Leahy and Flake's bill, if passed, would lift the restrictions on USA tourism to Cuba, but has not yet been brought to the floor for a vote in the Senate. Fidel Castro granted her asylum and she has been living under the name Assata Shakur.

The Trump administration will begin strictly enforcing the authorized exemptions that allow travel between the United States and Cuba and prohibit commerce with Cuban businesses owned by the military and intelligence services.

"U.S. private sector engagement can be a positive force for the kind of change we all wish to see in Cuba", said Myron Brilliant, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce executive vice president and head of worldwide affairs.

"They made a deal with a government that spreads violence and instability in the region".

Speaking in Little Havana, the epicenter of anti-Castro movements in Miami, Trump said rules on American travel to Cuba will be tightened, but airlines and cruise ships will continue to visit the Caribbean island.

Riveron, 57, a sociologist who lived in Europe and Africa before returning to his native Cuba, said Trump needed to go back even farther to find an equivalent for his Cuba policy.

One goal, according to the White House, is to ensure that U.S. travellers do not visit Cuba for leisure purposes.

Soon, Americans could travel to Cuba and businesses, including the tourism industry and food-producing farm states, were involved in commercial deals. Unfortunately, for many years, many, many presidents come through and say "Viva Cuba Libre" and nothing happens. "But by the way, so do these countries that President Trump has been touting".

"We're also going to stand with the Cuban people in their fight against communist oppression", Trump said.

Otto Rodriguez Villamonte, who arrived from Cuba in 1960, said he hadn't read the details of the new plan or listened to Trump's announcement but that he thought not much was changing.

In a bid to increase pressure on Cuba's government, Trump said individual "people-to-people" trips by Americans to Cuba, allowed by Obama for the first time in decades, would once again be prohibited. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, both Republicans.

Trump supporters argue the policy change is needed to cripple the Castro regime and military.

President Obama's openness to Cuba led to improved economic ties and the signing of an air services deal that restored commercial flights between the United States of America and Cuba after a decades-long hiatus.



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