Cuba rejects new US policy, saying pressure will not work

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Cuban officials said last Wednesday that almost 285,000 United States visitors flocked to Cuba in the first five months of 2017, roughly the same number as for all of past year. "They only enrich the Cuban regime".

While Trump said the new measures are created to help Cuba's small but growing private business sector, they could have the impact of scaring off American visitors confused by the growing complexity of travel to the island.

"America is prepared to outstretch its hand and work with the people of Cuba, but we will not, we will not empower their oppressors", Sen.

According to Rodriguez, over the past few years, the Cuban government has repatriated 12 US fugitive citizens wanted in that country, "as a unilateral decision and an act of good will". Cubans will still be able to visit family and send money but Americans will have to travel as part of formal groups with set itineraries if they want to qualify under categories that allow educational and people-to-people cultural exchange trips. We also have requested approval for our other brands to travel to Cuba. Jeff Flake, who recently helped reintroduce the Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act. This represents about 7 percent of tourist travel to Cuba, with the majority of visitors coming from Europe, Canada, and other Latin American countries.

"The profits from investment and tourism flow directly to the military", Trump said Friday. His excuse was completely disingenuous: "Trump decides to draw a line at Cuba's human rights policies?" In the first four months of 2017, the US has exported over $83 million worth of goods and services to the island. Against that backdrop, any USA changes Havana can interpret as "hostile" may affect Cuba's "domestic process in a way that doesn't serve the kind of. gradual but sustained road to real reform that most Cubans would like to see". The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as the Vatican, has long called for an end to the trade embargo, which has been in place for nearly 60 years. Obama had argued that a decades-old policy of isolation and estrangement had allowed the Cuban government to blame its citizens' problems on the United States without producing any meaningful improvements in their lives.

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., said Trump's policy moves the US backward. These results may explain why Donald Trump lost Miami-Dade County and the surrounding areas. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, both Florida Republicans who have called for a complete reversal of Obama's Cuba policy, and business leaders, human rights groups and many of Trump's own advisers who opposed it.

The visiting Cuban foreign minister made the remarks in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's order of tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba.

He added that Trump's decision "is about USA national interests but also about the interests of humanity - these poor people". Be mindful that Cuba's pals are Venezuela, Russia and China. "We would urge the Trump administration to support the Cuban people". With Cubans having increased access to information and entertainment sources from around the world, as well as more contact with global visitors, there is a worry that any protests or widespread social anger would quickly overwhelm the regime's means of control.

"The United States are not in the condition to lecture us", it said, adding that Cuba has signed up to 44 "international instruments on human rights" compared to just 18 in the case of the U.S.

Lawrence Ward, a partner at the global law firm Dorsey & Whitney in Washington, said that while what Trump said "was a direct rebuke of the Obama administration's loosening of sanctions against Cuba", the announcement did not "make clear precisely what will change and how, but does emphasize that the United States does not want to enrich and empower the Cuban military". He needed a quick and easy foreign policy victory. "Stop jailing innocent people", he said in comments directed at the regime.

Carnival Corp. said its experience in Cuba this past year "has been extremely positive".

Cruise lines sailing into Cuba are happy with President Trump's new Cuba policy - and no doubt so are Canadian sun vacation clients anxious that the US tourism invasion would forever change one of their favourite vacation spots. According to him, the president's policy could put national security at risk while other competitors will try to fill the gap left by the Americans. The fight to prevent the wholesale looting and exploitation of Cuba by American banks and corporations can only proceed through the development of the global socialist movement represented by the ICFI and the building of its national sections in Cuba and throughout the world.

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