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Tougher Trump line toward Cuba delights hardliners on island

Tougher Trump line toward Cuba delights hardliners on island

Speaking earlier in Miami, Florida, Mr Trump said he was reimposing certain travel and trade restrictions eased by the Obama administration, condemning a "completely one-sided deal". "We will enforce the ban on tourism".

Trump's policy keeps a U.S. Embassy open in Havana and allows U.S. airlines and cruise ships to continue service to Cuba.

Trump's getaways to Florida and New Jersey have both drawn a cascade of reports about the additional security costs for taxpayers and surrounding communities.

The core of Obama's efforts to reopen diplomatic relations after five decades are intact, though Trump has made good on his word to curb some aspects of the Cuba detente.

He will not close the USA embassy in Havana, commercial flights from the USA will continue, and Americans will still be able to return home with Cuban goods.

"This is what's amusing".

To this day, Cuba is ruled by the same people who killed tens of thousands of their own citizens, who sought to spread their repressive and failed ideology throughout our hemisphere and who once tried to host enemy nuclear weapons 90 miles from our shores, Trump said.

Nonetheless, Trump's new orders are expected to hurt the fledgling private sector - owners of those B&Bs, restaurateurs, taxi drivers and computer fix technicians, for example.

Cuban state newspaper Granma, a mouthpiece of the regime, said Trump's measures heralded "a return to the Cold War". Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno, a gubernatorial candidate to replace Christie, said in a 2015 interview the state has remained prepared to prosecute Chessimard if she is brought back. He said that the new restrictions with Cuba economy are only for the Cuba to China and Russian Federation.

Trump also reaffirmed US statutory embargo of Cuba.

"It's hard to think of a policy that makes less sense than the prior administration's bad and misguided deal", said Trump. "It's a mistaken policy", he says.

Trump's announcement on Friday in Miami reverses the advances made in the past two years since 2014 when Castro and Obama revealed their decision to restore diplomatic relations and begin the process of normalising bilateral ties.

There are two imminent, important changes.

The new measures prohibit financial transactions with Cuba's military-backed tourism conglomerate GAESA, which had hoped for a windfall from a new surge in American visitors.

Under the revised travel policy, USA officials say there will be tighter enforcement to make sure Americans legally fit the 12 authorized categories they claim to be traveling under, which could spook many visitors, wary of receiving a hefty fine.

The second change is a ban on business dealings that could involve the Cuban military, with some exceptions.

USA companies and citizens will also be barred from doing business with any firm controlled by the Cuban military or its intelligence or security services, walling off crucial parts of the economy, including much of the tourist sector, from US access.

As it stands, the USA officially recognizes the Cuban government.

Ted Henken, a former president of the think-tank the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, believes the forces in favour of re-establishing relations with Cuba are now too strong to resist.

Havana considers the new policy driven by Trump to be a "hardening of the blockade (...) which not only causes damage and deprivation to the Cuban people and constitutes an undeniable obstacle to the development of our economy, but also affects the sovereignty and interests of other countries". "Would it be something in the middle or something symbolic?" In fact, President Trump negotiated an arms deal with prominent human rights abuser Saudi Arabia valued at $100 billion. They could make traveling to Cuba more hard for passengers, who would be subject to audit by the Treasury Department to ensure their trips to Cuba fall into one of the 12 acceptable purposes.

The moved allowed for more Americans to travel to Cuba, with U.S. air carriers marketing commercial flights direct to the island and cruise ships to port in the nation.

"I do think you're likely to see a fewer number of flights and higher fares", said Andrew Keller, a partner at Hogan Lovells focusing on global trade and investment.


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