Cuba denounces Donald Trump policy changes but is open to dialogue

Cruise and airlines break as Trump tightens US-Cuba ties

Trump vowed Friday to overhaul his predecessor Barack Obama's deal to restore ties with Cuba, promising instead to support the Cuban people against Raul Castro's government.

Laying out his new Cuba policy in a speech in Miami, Trump will issue a presidential directive to reverse some of the loosened regulations that Obama introduced after a 2014 breakthrough between the two former Cold War foes, senior White House officials said. Ensconced in think tanks in Washington and NY, or in the private sector on both coasts, the Obama alumni network has become a diaspora of the disappointed as Trump tries to make good on his promises to upend much of what they had worked to accomplish.

In a signal of Obama's desire to fix the United States' fractured relationship with Cuba, the US abstained for the first time in October 2016 on the annual U.N. General Assembly vote condemning the embargo.

The statement continues, "The Cuban government denounces the new measures to tighten the blockade, which are destined to fail as has been shown repeatedly in the past, and which will not achieve its objective to weaken the revolution or to defeat the Cuban people, whose resistance to the aggressions of any type and origin has been proven over nearly six decades". The government remained willing to engage in "respectful dialogue", it said in a statement.

But he did tighten rules for Americans traveling to Cuba, ban ties with a military-run tourism firm and reaffirm the existing United States trade embargo - which will be firmly enforced. "We have to look forward, not back".

"If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S.as a whole, I will terminate deal", he tweeted. But it makes some exceptions, including for air and sea travel, according to U.S. officials. US airlines and cruise ships would still be allowed to service the island.

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Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., said Trump's shift is more than just a missed opportunity for rural America, which would benefit from greater access to Cuba's agricultural import market.

One of the most oppressive regimes throughout the world, Saudi Arabia denies women rights, decapitates alleged criminals, amputates limbs, and quite literally crucifies children.

On Friday, Trump sought to revive that struggle, listing the misdeeds of the Castro government over more than five decades.

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". Americans will still be able to bring Cuban cigars home, too. He has already pulled the United States out of a major worldwide climate treaty and is trying to scrap his predecessor's landmark healthcare program.

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

The Cuban government argued that it would only be a retread of the past, and that the Trump administration is not in a position to lecture.

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But it also made clear that any US strategy aimed at "changing the political, economic and social system in Cuba ... will be doomed to failure".

Moran said in a statement that "putting America first means exporting what we produce to countries across the globe".

"It's hard to think of a policy that makes less sense than the prior administration's awful and misguided deal with the Castro regime", Trump said in Miami.

"The Cuban regime will always find an excuse to blame the US government", she said. He spoke in Miami briefly before Trump took the stage.

The president's speech to Cuban exiles in Miami has also dismayed moderates who were working with pro-engagement Americans but now fear association with a policy of open hostility toward the communist system could make them targets for repression.

The policy will also ban most American financial transactions with the military-linked conglomerate that dominates much of the Cuban economy, including dozens of hotels, along with state-run restaurants and tour buses.

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