Cuba rejects new US policy, saying pressure will not work

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In the president's words, "Our new policy begins with strictly enforcing US law". This will essentially shield USA airlines and cruise lines serving the island.

As a result, the changes - though far-reaching - appear to be less sweeping than many U.S.pro-engagement advocates had feared.

My opinion: Trump's limited reversal of Obama's opening to Cuba is political theater with very little real impact.

However, the United States embassy in Havana will remain open and commercial flights from the U.S. started a year ago will continue.

Cuba's foreign minister has rejected President Donald Trump's new policy toward the island, saying "we will never negotiate under pressure or under threat" and refusing to return USA fugitives who have received asylum in Cuba.

Nor does Trump plan to reinstate limits that Obama lifted on the amount of the island's coveted rum and cigars that Americans can bring home for personal use.

The Arkansas representative, Rick Crawford, believes that this turn of the president is more than a missed opportunity for rural areas of the country, which would benefit from this increased access to the Cuban market.

The United States are not in the position to teach us lessons.

Trump is instead calling for a return to the Cold War thinking that dominated the USA government's stance toward Cuba for a half-century, which sought to force the Cuban government to change its behavior or suffer painful economic consequences. Due to the Cuban embargo, Americans are not allowed to spend money in Cuba without a license from the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

In response to inquiries about the rationale for this policy change, a White House official said "we want this relationship to be one in which we can encourage the Cuban people through economic interaction, and that process ... has been started".

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They predicted the days of the Castro regime are numbered.

At length, Rodriguez also criticized alleged USA human rights abuses.

The Cuban government, which has made clear it will not be pressured into reforms, had no immediate comment.

On Cuba, Trump's company actively pursued doing business on the island in 1998, according to a September 2016 Newsweek article. Russia's state-owned oil company, Rosneft, announced in early-May its deal with the Cuban government to supply 250,000 tonnes of oil and diesel fuel to the nation, Reuters reports.

The foreign ministry said any US strategy aimed at applying pressure to bring about change to Cuba's political, economic and social system would fail. When it comes to Cuba, the massive and systematic harm to human rights comes from the blockade. President Barack Obama eased travel and business restrictions. The United States has long argued that people-to-people exchanges are one of the best ways of displaying American values and promoting democratic practices around the globe. "And President Trump proposes to harden it".

"His speech was aggressive and threatening, . revealing his contempt and ignorance", President Nicolas Maduro said in a speech. We will see who is right and whether it's a smart move on his part to go back to the Cold War. "It is an offence against Latin America". In a statement to TravelPulse, Intrepid Travel said the policy proposal means stricter government audits to ensure travelers are legitimately qualifying under the 12 approved categories introduced under Obama. The story noted, "Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has visited Cuba twice since February 2008 while Vladimir Putin visited in July 2014", and Raul Castro traveled to Moscow three times.

Q: What's new about Trump's recently announced Cuba policy?

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in Havana in December 2000.

But other advisers have contended that it is important to make good on a campaign promise to Cuban-Americans.

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