Cuba calls Trump speech on island 'grotesque spectacle'

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"Because if they had, they'd know that the only think that restricting travel will do is devastate Cubans working in the private sector who have relied on American visitors to provide for their families".

To many, it is also laughable when Trump talks about human rights conditions in Cuba as a major reason for his decision. Reimposing restrictions on Americans' ability to travel to the country is one of the least defensible moves the administration could make.

"As a result, smarTours and other tour operators alike will be able to continue to take Americans to visit Cuba legally until further notice". Other existing categories of authorized travel remain in place (family visits; official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials; and certain authorized export transactions).

He and five other Republicans also warned that a cooling of relations with Cuba could threaten bilateral agreements with Havana to tackle human trafficking, illegal drugs and cybercrime. Jeff Flake, who recently helped reintroduce the Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act.

The other major change announced by Trump is a ban on financial transactions involving the Cuban military.

"The profits from investment and tourism flow directly to the military", Trump said Friday.

That could provide a reprieve for construction projects already under development in conjunction with GAESA, like Sheraton's Four Points hotel in Havana.

"It's hard to think of a policy that makes less sense than the prior administration's awful and misguided deal with the Castro regime", Trump said in Miami. In the first four months of 2017, the US has exported over $83 million worth of goods and services to the island.

Trump said he would restrict United States tourist visits to the island, which had increased as part of cultural exchange travel approved by Obama.

The Cuban diplomat pointed out that war crimes and assassinations of civilians are commonplace in the USA military aggressions and interventions, and described as brutal the prison sentences without a court's ruling and the mass and systematic cases of torture committed in the Guantanamo Naval Base. Trump unveiled his policies in the largely Cuban-American crowd in Miami's Manuel Artime Theater, named after a leader of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961. Though he lost there to Hillary Clinton, Trump's margin of victory statewide was only 112,911 votes, making this group an extremely important source of support for any Republican candidate.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., had to hurdle career bureaucrats at the State Department - who were attempting to lock in Obama's Cuba policy - in order to reverse some of the policies of the last administration. "Many U.S. companies have started to invest in and do business with Cuba in view of the enormous potential of Cuban tourism, which other countries will surely continue to benefit from".

He added that Trump's decision "is about US national interests but also about the interests of humanity - these poor people". Cuba previously received about 4 percent of Venezuela's oil exports, but shipments were paused for an eight-month period which ended in May, according to Reuters reports that examined shipping documents. The restrictions aim to divert support from the military regime to the Cuban people, as reported byCNBC. With Cubans having increased access to information and entertainment sources from around the world, as well as more contact with worldwide visitors, there is a worry that any protests or widespread social anger would quickly overwhelm the regime's means of control.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday that Trump is "returning us to the forgotten rhetoric of the Cold War".

In addition, Mr Rodriguez said that Cuba wouldn't send American fugitives back to the U.S., which Mr Trump said was a necessary condition to begin renegotiating the relationship between the two countries.

Presidents who have been successful in achieving their foreign policy goals sometimes are described as having a doctrine. "Stop jailing innocent people", he said in comments directed at the regime. On one of my most recent visits to Cuba, while negotiating the price of an avocado from a street vendor in Havana for my lunch, the vendor asked me if I was Canadian - likely because millions of Canadians visit Cuba each year.

The head of Cuban diplomacy also referred to the measures that ban US citizens from traveling to Cuba as tourists, which 'restrict the civil liberties of citizens'.

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