Russia says Trump is using 'Cold War rhetoric' on Cuba

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.

"The government of Cuba reiterates its willingness to continue a respectful dialogue and cooperation on themes of mutual interest, as well as negotiations on pending bilateral matters, with the government of the United States", the Cuba government said in a statement issued Friday night.

MI farmers are among those criticizing President Trump's plan to impose new business and travel restrictions on Cuba.

The policy also would restrict the flow of American dollars to the military, security and intelligence services that are central to the government led by President Raul Castro, with Trump commenting that "we do not want USA dollars being used to prop up a military monopoly that exploits and abuses the citizens of Cuba".

Trump's new policy will eliminate such self-certified visits by individuals while still allowing them to be done as group tours, and also retaining some individual travel under other authorized categories such as religious, artistic and journalistic activities, officials said.

"Effective immediately I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba", Trump said Friday.

But he conceded the US embassy that reopened in Havana during the Obama administration will remain, "in the hope that our countries can forge a much stronger and better path".

The Castro government said in a statement that Trump's speech "reminded the times of open confrontation with our country, announced the policy of his government towards Cuba which reverts the progress achieved in the past two years".

The lengthy statement went on to strike a conciliatory tone, saying Cuba wants to continue negotiations with the US on a variety of subjects.

Though it is not a complete reversal of Obama's policy, Lee said the change will hurt both countries.

After Castro's regime nationalized all US property in Cuba in 1960, Washington responded by seizing all Cuban assets on US soil and tightening its comprehensive embargo against the island nation.The US leases the territory of its naval base at Guantanamo Bay, which includes the infamous US detention facility there.

Weakening the impact further, Trump's policy carves out exceptions in the military ban for airlines, cruise ships, agricultural sales and remittances. Trump also agreed not to reinstate the "wet-foot dry-foot" policy that allowed Cuban migrants to have a straight path to legalization upon touching USA land.

And the United States government will police other trips to ensure travellers are pursuing a "full-time schedule of educational exchange activities". He is not going to encourage any new trade sanctions.

The "wet foot, dry foot" policy, which once let most Cuban migrants stay if they made it to U.S. soil but was terminated under Obama, is to remain terminated.

Those restrictions could be far-reaching, Sabatini says, as the Cuban military controls two-thirds of the island's economy, including "a large chunk of hospitality, the big mega-hotels and many state-run restaurants". "I'd print a copy for every Cuban", said Iroel Sanchez, a pro-government columnist and blogger who was fiercely critical of Obama.

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The newly announced measures impose additional obstacles to the very restricted opportunities that the U.S. business sector had to trade and invest in Cuba, while restricting even further the right of U.S. citizens in visiting the island.

Ramon Saul Sanchez, leader of the anti-embargo Movimiento Democracia, said the changes did not fully reverse Mr. Obama's open-hand policy as Mr. Trump had suggested.

Yet it also exposed the shortcomings in Obama's approach.

"President Trump's policy makes itself, once again, part of the old policy of pressure and strangulation of the Cuban people", founders Lenier Gonzalez and Roberto Veiga wrote Saturday.

We were very concerned about any potential changes, given how popular Cuba itineraries have proven to be with our guests, and we view this as a win for the cruise industry, our valued guests and travel partners. Cuban-Americans can send their funds to Florida.

"We're pushing back, but we need the public to push back", Lee said. "We thank the dissidents, the exiles, and the children of Operation Peter Pan, you know what that means, and all who gather in the cafes, churches, and the streets in this incredible area and city to speak the truth and to stand for justice".

Cuba's state Business Administration Group (GAESA) manages some 50 hotels, chains of shops, construction, communications and distribution firms and the major port of Mariel west of Havana. Cuba's government may not formally respond to Trump's speech until a speech Monday by its foreign minister.

Government denounces new U.S. restrictions on trade and travel, saying attempts to change its political system will fail.

"Because we know it is best for America to have freedom in our hemisphere, whether in Cuba or Venezuela, and to have a future where the people of each country can live out their own dreams", he said. For more than a decade, a diverse coalition that includes global educators has advocated for opening relations with Cuba.

Many are on the GOP side and are heavily critical of the previous administration for not doing more to insist on the return of Chesimard and other fugitives hiding out in Cuba.

In a statement Friday, Moran says.

In 2014, President Barack Obama announced that the USA would "chart a new course" with Cuba, and in 2016 he announced several steps the US would take toward "normalization" of relations and a "shift" away from the Cuban embargo, which can not be lifted without an act of Congress.

The Obama administration had restored diplomatic relations with its Cold War foe in December 2014.

In 2016, Obama became the first president of the United States to visit the "Island of Liberty" after almost 90 years.

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