Crestfallen that Donald Trump rolling back detente: Cubans


Almost two years after President Barack Obama restored US diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Donald Trump is poised to roll them back.

Despite his grandiose description, the president's policy represents a middle ground between hard-liners in Congress, including Sen.

"Obama did the right thing", said 77-year-old Manuel Gonzales, who left the island in 2006. "We now hold the cards", Trump said. Only "heavily regulated" tour groups will be allowed to travel from the USA to Cuba, ABC News reported. When Obama made the agreement and restored relations with the Cuban government, he gave them everything they asked for.

Donald Trump, the U.S president, is creating new intercourse of his own with the Cuban Communist Regime. aiming for more aggressive relations towards Castro-led government. "All the (U.S. economic) embargo has brought upon Cuba is misery".

Cuba's main regional allies, Venezuela and Bolivia, have reaffirmed their support for Havana, condemning U.S. President Donald Trump's tightening of restrictions as "ignorant" and an "abuse of power".

Ironically, those are the very Cubans who Trump, and Cuban-American hardliners Senator Marco Rubio and Florida congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, have said they wanted to empower.

At the same time, he said that the United States embassy in Havana would remain open.

Cuban-born poet Armando Valladares, who was imprisoned for 22 years by the government of then-Cuban leader Fidel Castro, said at a weekly luncheon of Cuban exiles that he is vexed that not all of Obama's changes were rolled back. "Cuba is just 90 miles off the US coast", the release states.

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"We will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime until all political prisoners are free, freedoms of assembly and expression are respected, all political parties are legalized and free and internationally supervised elections are scheduled", Trump demanded. "It is time to impose strong sanctions on the regime of Ra l Castro".

Such trips will now only be possible through a USA government-approved tour company, as was the case before 2016. "Expanding U.S. commercial interests and introducing U.S. investment in Cuba should be coupled with the Cuban government's concrete and irreversible steps to ensure the democratic rights and freedoms of its people".

While tourism to Cuba is banned by US law, the Obama administration had been allowing people to travel to Cuba as part of "people to people" educational trips for visitors, a popular classification that a White House official said was "ripe for abuse" by those looking for beach vacations.

It is expected that the Treasury and Commerce Departments will release precise regulations within 30 days.

Trump is also directing a broad prohibition against Americans doing business with companies controlled by the military, intelligence or security services in Cuba, which own large segments of the economy through the military's business arm known as Grupo de Administracion Empresarial SA, or GAESA.

Henken now believes the Trump policy revisions are "between symbolic and something in the middle", with the major takeaway being that "the Obama legacy of opening to Cuba will remain".

But the new measures are likely to have dampening effect on United States nationals traveling to Cuba.

Remittances from people in America to Cubans are not to be cut off.