'Donald Trump's Cuba policy takes us back to the Cold War era'
- Author: Archie Newman Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 0:56
But there is a new president in town, and he is right to insist Cuba keep its end of the bargain. "Not with the Cuban military, not with the Cuban government, not with the means of repression to the Cuban people, but to do business with those that can be empowered by the opportunity to make a living by trading with the United States or hosting someone at their home as a part of the Airbnb type".
President Donald Trump announced new restrictions Friday limiting USA citizens' ability to travel to and do business in Cuba, moving to roll back his predecessor's historic rapprochement and drawing a rare rebuke from the nation's largest business lobbying group.
The embassies in Havana and Washington will remain open and operational, but the US will revert to its customary stance on opposing U.N. General Assembly resolutions condemning the 57-year-old USA embargo.
While applauding USDA's efforts to "reduce the burden on regulated entities", ASA expressed concern that aspects of the rule as proposed will increase the regulatory burden and stifle research and innovation. For us to continue developing and expanding upcoming markets like Cuba, we need a progressive attitude from the White House on trade, not a knee-jerk reaction to what a previous administration has done. The Cuban government has long wanted the embargo to end, so their response is no surprise. Rather, the threat of these sanctions between connected economies is more likely to drive changes in government behavior.
In its reaction Sunday, the Russian ministry said the votes in NY each fall illustrate "the worldwide community's position on Cuba", and said the Trump administration should "listen".
"Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba", Trump said. 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.
He campaigned on a pledge to improve relations with Russian Federation but Donald Trump has cemented the divide between Cuba and the United States. They praise President Donald Trump's return to more a restrictive approach.
While the changes are far-reaching, they appear to be less sweeping than many U.S.pro-engagement advocates had feared. One of the changes in the rules would prohibit Americans from traveling to Cuba through the so-called "people-to-people" cultural exchanges.
Now, in another flip-flop toward the neocons, President Trump is pursuing regime change in Cuba on the pretext of human rights violations. Poor relations with Western hemispheric allies will make addressing regional challenges that much more hard for the United States.
US visitors tripled in number in the wake of 2014 detente, emboldened by Obama's easing of the travel ban.
The Cuban FM repeated Havana's position that the U.S. blockade - in effect since 1962 - is unjust, inhumane, genocidal, and violates global law.
"Cuba is a poor country, and in reality the limitations are huge, from my opinion", said Perez-Viart. The share was even higher among those born in the United States, with 66% of the American-born population supporting the move.
There's also no change to the policy allowing US travelers to bring home an unlimited amount of Cuban rum and cigars for personal consumption. However, the majority of Cuban-Americans support rapprochement. "The American people should be able to exercise their fundamental right to travel without political interference from the federal government". These results may explain why Donald Trump lost Miami-Dade County and the surrounding areas.
Trump justified his partial reversal of Obama's Cuba measures on human rights grounds, however, his critics have questioned why his administration is now singling out Cuba for its human rights record but downplaying the issue in other parts of the world.