Not much new in Trump's Cuba policy

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Boosting travel was a key aim of Obama's effort to restore ties with Cuba after a half-century chill, which culminated with a visit by the then-president in 2016.

Trump said his new policy will tighten rules on travel and on sending funds to Cuba. "Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba".

"America has rejected the Cuban people's oppressors", Trump said in Miami's Little Havana, the cradle of Cuban-American resistance to Castro's government.

During his speech, Trump slammed Cuba for human rights abuses, saying, "The Castro regime has shipped arms to North Korea and fueled chaos in Venezuela".

Saying that the aim was to fix what Trump has called a "bad deal" struck by Obama, U.S. officials said the new administration would leave the door open to improved relations if Cuba undertakes democratic reforms such as allowing free elections and releasing political prisoners.

United States officials will move to enforce an existing ban on tourism by eliminating individual people-to-people exchanges that had been allowed under Obama and had opened a back door to tourism. This will essentially shield U.S. airlines and cruise lines serving the island.

While the changes are far-reaching, they appear to be less sweeping than many United States pro-engagement advocates had feared.

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Trump will justify his partial reversal of Obama's measures to a large extent on human rights grounds.

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

Trump is reversing all of Obama's changes, but sources told ABC News he'll likely redefine what it means to be part of the Cuban military, which could prevent US companies from doing business in Cuba.

Still, it will be the latest attempt by Trump to overturn parts of Obama's presidential legacy. "We challenge Cuba to come to the table for a new agreement that is in the best interest of their people and our people, including Cuban-Americans".

Castro's government has clearly stated it does not intend to change its one-party political system.

Solé was considering opening a Cuban property, but changed its mind because of the policy changes, Zelkowitz said.

The President said it was hard to think of a policy "that makes less sense than the prior administration's awful and misguided deal" with the "brutal" Castro government.

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With its modest resources -it goes on- Cuba has contributed to improving human rights in many places in the world, despite the limitations imposed to a blockaded country. The Cuban government has made clear it will not be pressured into reforms in exchange for further engagement with Washington. He's warned that returning to a "get tough" policy hurts everyday Cubans whose livelihoods are increasingly rooted in travel and tourism. "There is a curiosity for Cuba, having been off limits for half a century, and it should be anticipated that there will be some initial impact on visitor arrivals", she said, her comments ringing true even after Mr. Trump's announcement. Trump emphasized the release of Joanne Chesimard to USA custody. In addition, he said, they could lead to a strategic problem, as Russian Federation and China have moved to expand their military and economic cooperation with Cuba. "His speech was aggressive and threatening, ... revealing his contempt and ignorance", President Nicolas Maduro said in a speech.

President Donald Trump speaks about Cuba policy, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Miami. Remittances from people in America to Cubans won't be cut off.

Hundreds of millions of US dollars flowed into privately owned businesses in Cuba, The Associated Press reported, spurring the growth of a nascent middle-class that could thrive independent from the government.

Dese Washington, White House sources have confirmed that the change of policy towards Cuba also includes its support for the trade and financial embargo on the island and, therefore, the frontal opposition to global requests for Congress to lift it. But the Republican leadership in Congress has long blocked such a move, and it appears unlikely to budge.

The policy memorandum directs the Treasury and Commerce Departments to begin the process of issuing new regulations within 30 days.

By its part, El Universal relates that Trump is wrong about Cuba and brands as uncertain USA foreign policy.

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