President Donald Trump announced a rollback of his predecessor's detente with Cuba on Friday, telling an enthusiastic crowd in Miami that the us would continue to diplomatically and economically isolate the island until it held free and fair elections.
Calling the Castro regime "barbaric". "We don't want USA dollars to prop up a military monopoly that exploits and abuses the citizens of Cuba", Trump said, pledging that USA sanctions would not be lifted until Cuba frees political prisoners and holds free elections.
USA airlines and cruise ships will still be allowed to service the island, but individual travel to Cuba will be restricted.
Trump said he is keeping the embassy open "in the hope that our countries can forge a much stronger and better path".
"We now hold the cards", Trump told a cheering if sweltering crowd at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana, declaring he was delivering on a campaign promise he made previous year to more conservative Cuban-Americans that he would get tougher with Cuba.
America severed ties with Cuba in 1961, shortly after Fidel Castro launched a revolution that toppled a US-friendly government, and the two countries had been at loggerheads ever since.
"We will not be silent in the face of communism, oppression", Trump said. The U.S. government will make sure groups are traveling with a tour group representative with "full-time schedule of educational exchange activities". By blocking transactions with companies linked to the Cuban military, Trump closes a foreign-exchange ticket, and at the same time sends a political message: You can not do business with the military. It argued that the policies should be expanded instead so that more people would be able to visit Cuba, and Cubans could enjoy the expanded relations for much longer.
On the stage in Miami, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., said the US would no longer have to witness the "embarrassing spectacle" of an American president glad-handing with a dictator.
Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Sen. While the new rules are aimed at empowering the Cuban people instead of Castro's regime, the move has received criticisms. "And at the same time they welcome laws, activities that the US would use to pressure the Cuban government to better allow them to do their work".
It also puts some of the travel restrictions back into place for non-cubans, while still allowing Cuban Americans to visit their family and send them money.
Self-directed, individual travel will be prohibited.
"We are still analyzing the policy directive issued by the president today, and its full effect on our current and planned operations in Cuba may depend on related forthcoming regulations". It was mostly the Communist government and Cuban military who were benefiting, they said.