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Cuba rejects new US policy, saying pressure will not work

Cuba rejects new US policy, saying pressure will not work

While President Trump is not overturning all of President Obama's Cuba policy reforms - the US Embassy will remain open - he will roll back the liberalization of travel restrictions and make it very hard for American firms to do business in Cuba. Marco Rubio (R), who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee that is investigating the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation, and Miami Republican congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, a key member of the House appropriations committee. They praise President Donald Trump's return to more a restrictive approach.

Trump also abrogated Presidential Policy Directive "Normalization of Relations between the United States and Cuba", issued by President Obama on October 14, 2016. Mr. Trump's new measures mainly relate to stricter enforcement of existing laws that had begun to loosen as Mr. Obama sought a rapprochement. -Cuban relations is also a domestic political folly on the part of the president. "They only enrich the Cuban regime", Trump said.

"We're just so glad we came now", said Sivan, who was visiting Cuba for a long weekend with a group of friends.

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. The argument is that the embargo pressures Cuban government into change more than trade would, and that money from trade and tourism supports a repressive Cuban government.

Cuba's foreign minister has rejected President Donald Trump's new policy toward the island, saying "we will never negotiate under pressure or under threat" and refusing to return USA fugitives who have received asylum in Cuba.

However, even with an embargo and ban on tourism, Trump will retain one part of the Obama era Cuban policy; he will keep the United States embassy in that country open. The group's latest report points out that many U.S. laws and practices, particularly in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice, immigration and national security, violate internationally recognized human rights.

When I responded that no, I was an "Americano" she smiled and said "aqui, todos somos Americanos" which translates as "Here, we are all Americans" - reassuring me that despite the walls we may build between us - whether political or bricks and mortar - all the people of this American Continent, from Canada to California and from Cuba to Colombia are indeed "Americans".

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The Cuban diplomat pointed out that war crimes and assassinations of civilians are commonplace in the US military aggressions and interventions, and described as brutal the prison sentences without a court's ruling and the mass and systematic cases of torture committed in the Guantanamo Naval Base.

Still, numerous changes in U.S. policy made by President Barack Obama will remain in place, including the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana and direct travel to the island via cruise ships and airliners.

Rodriguez also criticized Trump's pledge to "empower the Cuban people to develop greater economic and political liberty".

Perez- Viart won a lottery for a visa to live in the United States in 2000. With its relationship with Venezuela looking unstable, the Castro government now faces the choice of caving to American demands or perhaps pivoting to Russian Federation or China, which would only put it more directly in the crosshairs of American imperialism.

"Rather than shutting the door to this market 90 miles off our shores, we call on policymakers to enact legislation to do away with the statutory Cuba travel ban once and for all", Kerby continued.

Cuba will not make any concessions regarding its sovereignty and independence, it will not negotiate its principles, and will not accept any precondition, Rodriguez said. Furthermore, Trump carried the Cuban-American vote by less than many of his Republican predecessors, carrying this key demographic by 2 percentage points compared to the 30 point margin held by John McCain in 2008 and the 12 point margin won by Mitt Romney in 2012.

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