June 28, 2017

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In a statement released Friday evening on government-run websites and television, Cuban President Raul Castro's administration said Trump's speech was "loaded with hostile rhetoric that recalls the times of open confrontation".

"We can not continue to bring concessions to the Cuban government", he said.

Worldwide human rights groups say, however, that reinstating a US policy of isolating the island could make the situation worse by empowering Cuban hardliners.

The Cuban government maintained that the new policies would not work, comparing it to the economic embargo that never ushered the Castro regime out of power as the US had hoped.

Ironically, those are the very Cubans who Trump, and Cuban-American hardliners Senator Marco Rubio and Florida congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, have said they wanted to empower. "Officially, today, they are rejected". In practice, however, many recent changes to boost ties to Cuba will stay as they are.

Earlier on Friday, the USA president pledged to overhaul his predecessor Barack Obama's Cuba policy.

The lengthy statement went on to strike a conciliatory tone, saying Cuba wants to continue negotiations with the US on a variety of subjects.

Meanwhile, it says travel and tourism contributed $9bn to the Cuban economy previous year, accounting for just shy of 10% of the country's GDP.

And in symbolism that will not be lost in Havana, his crowd included veterans of the ill-fated Brigade 2506, which in 1961 launched the failed US -backed Bay of Pigs invasion.

Seven U.S. airlines now fly nonstop to Cuba, following an intense effort to win a direct flight route to the island past year.

Another major crux of Trump's Cuba policy is prohibiting any financial transactions that benefit the Cuban military's business arm, Grupo de Administración Empresarial (GAESA), in an effort to restrict the flow of money to the oppressive elements of Raúl Castro's regime.

Remittances from people in the U.S. to Cubans will not be cut off. That method has been one of the more popular ways that USA travelers have been seeing the island since Obama announced his changes.

Under Trump's new policy, Americans will no longer be able to travel to Cuba individually unless they fall into one of 12 previously established categories that will continue to include people-to-people but only if they are part of a group with a set schedule. Emmer, Crawford and five other House Republicans have warned that rolling back U.S. Cuba policy could threaten new bilateral agreements with Havana to combat human trafficking, illicit drugs and cyber crimes.

He tightens the rules for the sake of Americans who are willing to travel to Cuba.

He said that Trump is not changing or not completely reversing the open-hand policies of Obama. The Cuban News Agency said Trump took "a step backward" in ties with Cuba, by adopting a "unilateral" and "interventionist" stance.

"I just want to wish all of the fathers a happy Father's Day", Cosby said.

"The Cuban people were so excited when President Obama came", Caridad Gonzalez, who runs a bed-and-breakfast, said.

Donald Trump went to Havana which is the spiritual home of the Cuba-American community. "Instead of asking Cuba to free political prisoners, Trump should expel the criminal politicians sheltered in the United States of America". Cuban cigars and rum will still be allowed to enter the United States, according to CNN.

And despite Trump's campaign pledge to improve relations with Moscow, there has been no significant improvement in foreign policy co-operation between the two countries.

"The government of Cuba denounces the new measures toughening the embargo", Cuban state TV said. Obama concluded that the Cold War policy had failed, and sought a policy of détente with Havana.

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