Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Russian Federation says Trump is using 'Cold War rhetoric' on Cuba

Russian Federation says Trump is using 'Cold War rhetoric' on Cuba

Trump's new policy retains key aspects of Obama's reforms, leaving full embassies in Washington and Havana and letting USA cruise and airlines continue service to Cuba, although it will make travel harder by requiring most Americans to come in groups and banning payments to military-linked businesses.

Rhodes isn't the only Obama administration veteran who seems to be experiencing personal pain as Trump strips away portions of the 44th president's legacy - on immigration, trade, the environment and, perhaps, health care. We now hold the cards, ' he told a crowd in Little Havana, Miami. They asserted that Mr. Trump was sacrificing the Cuban people's hopes for more freedom, which Mr. Obama had revived, on the altar of hard-line anti-Castro ideology.

Diplomatic relations are still open between the two countries. and no restrictions on any goods that the U.S can benefit from Cuba by forbidding trading with businesses run by Military or Intelligence services.

He notes that more than 600,000 US visitors went to Cuba previous year, and that AirBnB, which opened in there in 2015, reports $40 million has so far been put into the hands of its private bed-and-breakfast owners.

Cuba functioned as a virtual US colony for much of the 20th century, and even reform-minded Cubans are highly sensitive to perceived USA infringements on national sovereignty. The rules also require a daylong schedule of activities created to expose the travelers to ordinary Cubans. The Cuban tyranny uses the embargo as a pretext to justify that it has failed.

Obama eliminated the tour requirement, allowing tens of thousands of Americans to book solo trips and spend their money with individual bed-and-breakfast owners, restaurants and taxi drivers.

Mr Trump cast that as a sign the United States still wanted to engage with Cuba in hopes of forging "a much stronger and better path".

Once implemented, Mr Trump's policy is expected to curtail U.S. travel by creating a maze of rules for Americans to obey.

The lengthy statement went on to strike a conciliatory tone, saying Cuba wants to continue negotiations with the United States on a variety of subjects. But none of the changes will become effective until the Treasury Department issues new regulations, which could take months.

CGTN's Susan Roberts discusses the complex relationship between the USA and Cuba with Fernando Menendez.

"Now it turns out that the anti-Cuban discourse is still in high demand", the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Cuban President Raul Castro, right, lifts up the arm of then-U.S. President Barack Obama at a joint news conference in Havana in 2016.

But he is not reversing key diplomatic and commercial ties. In a statement on state television it denounced the measures, but said Havana "reiterates its willingness to continue the respectful dialogue and cooperation".

Here's a look at Trump's policy toward Cuba.

Trump's speech vowed to protect Cubans and Cuban-Americans, especially those persecuted by the Castro regime.

Trump aides said Thursday that Rubio was "very helpful" to the administration as it spent months reviewing the policy. US President Donald Trump's announcement that certain travel and trade constraints would be reinstated has angered some and prompted protests.

Cuba says "the last two years have shown that the two countries can cooperate and coexist in a civilized way".

Obama traveled to Havana last March to solidify a detente between the USA and Cuba that his administration negotiated in 2014.

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