Cuba rejects new US policy, saying pressure will not work

Louis Holland
June 20, 2017

It has been reported in the press that this policy reversal undercuts efforts by the United States hotel industry, Trump's competitors, to ease the sanctions towards Cuba.

Unfortunately, neither Obama's December 2014 opening to Cuba nor Trump's 2017 partial reversal of that policy were motivated by a desire to bring about democracy in Cuba.

How strictly the U.S. will enforce the restrictions will depend on the regulations federal agencies write - and whether the Cuban government tries to work around them. He challenged the communist government of Raul Castro to negotiate a better deal for Cubans and Cuban-Americans.

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The Trump administration says it is changing the policy toward Cuba by limiting the amount of money that might go toward the country's military-linked businesses, restricting American tourism there and reaffirming the 56-year-old trade embargo.

"He said he wanted to "do more to support the Cuban people and promote our values through engagement" because 'these 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked'". The US president justified this policy with alleged concerns over the human rights situation in Cuba and the need to rigorously enforce the US blockade laws, conditioning its lifting, as well as any improvements in US-Cuba bilateral relations to our country's making changes inherent to its constitutional order. As part of Trump's move, the U.S. State Department will create a list of Cuban entities with military ties so U.S. travelers know the establishments they are now expected to avoid.

Trump's recent announcement on new travel and trade restrictions with Cuba aim to fulfill a campaign promise.

Numerous changes that President Barack Obama made to Cuban policy, including restoring diplomatic relations and re-establishing direct flight service, will remain under Trump's Cuba policy, which bars Americans and USA companies from any transactions that benefit the Cuban military.

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"Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba", he declared. This sentiment is not only evident in public opinion polls, but also in the fact that the number of Americans visiting Cuba is growing exponentially, with over 600,000 Americans visiting it in 2016.

The changes that need to be made in Cuba, as those that have been made since 1959 and the ones that we are introducing now as part of the process to update our economic and social system, will continue to be sovereignly determined by the Cuban people.

The stunning property, in a renovated Belle Epoque mall, opened this month billing itself as Cuba's first luxury hotel, with a vast spa, rooftop terrace and cigar lounge. "We all know that Raúl Castro and the leadership in Cuba will be fine".

In contentious deliberations leading up to the new policy, some aides argued that Trump, a former real estate magnate who won the presidency vowing to unleash US business, would have a hard time defending any moves that close off the Cuban market. 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. 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.

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But even some worldwide human rights groups critical of the Cuban government say that would mean doubling down on a failed policy. Yet Trump is politically indebted to conservative Cuban exiles in Miami who supported him in the past presidential election.

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