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Cubans say crestfallen that Trump rolling back detente

Clarence Duncan | 17 June, 2017, 05:25

Other dissidents agree repression has worsened but say rolling back the detente, which will hurt ordinary Cubans, is not the solution.

A new twist in U.S. -Cuba relations: President Trump cancels the Obama administration's Cuba policy and announces his own. "They are rejected officially today - rejected".

But Trump left in place many of Obama's changes, including the reopened U.S. embassy in Havana, even as he sought to show he was making good on a campaign promise to take a tougher line against Cuba, especially over its human rights record.

President Donald Trump on Friday is set to put a chill on the thawed relations between the USA and Cuba his predecessor put in place just three years ago. The new policy will not affect United States government spending on the island, including at the Guantanamo Bay and the embassy in Havana.

Policies on USA commercial air flights and cruise ship travel to Cuba will remain as well.

The sending of family remittances, and transactions such as agricultural product sales, would be allowed to continue in which Cuba is required to pay in cash and in advance. That means US travelers now booked on flights to Cuba in the next few weeks or months could make the trip.

As @POTUS prepares to tighten up Cuba travel, business restrictions, local Cuban community in West Tampa, Ybor City have mixed feelings.

Ferrer said his group had 53 activists now imprisoned due to their political views.

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"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.

The changes also do not include closing any of the newly opened American embassies across the country.

Hot Air wrote that the Trump administration is being short-sighted in its decision to reverse what the Obama administration did to improve its relations with Cuba. Bob Menendez (R-N.J.) and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) also reportedly assisted.

Increase pressure on President Raul Castro to end human rights abuse.

President Donald Trump has demanded that Cuba return a woman convicted in the murder of a New Jersey state trooper.

"We will keep in place the safeguards to prevent Cubans from risking their lives to unlawful travel to the United States".

The harsher enforcement of travel rules to Cuba targets financial transactions between some USA businesses and the Cuban military, which controls a lot of the island nation's tourism and hotel sector.

The president has been critical of actions that meant to warm decades of icy relations with the communist island nation. Only the U.S. Congress can lift the embargo, and lawmakers, especially those of Cuban heritage, like Sen. Marco Rubio, another Florida Republican, have shown no interest in doing so.

Rubio opposed Obama's re-engagement with Cuba.

"To expect different results from a policy that's not had any impact in terms of serious, significant improvements in...human rights or democracy in Cuba is highly unrealistic", Vivanco said.

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