Cuba rejects Donald Trump’s ‘hostile rhetoric’

President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse some Obama-era Cuba policies landed with a thud among many congressional Republicans who say the new approach surrenders a potentially lucrative market for American goods and services to competitors.MI bean growers have been hoping the Obama administration’s move to normalize relations with Cuba would open a new market.However, the government also made it clear that it is willing to continue “respectful dialogue” and cooperation with Washington on issues of mutual interest. Still, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines expressed satisfaction that Trump’s policy will allow them to continue sailing to Cuba.He isn’t though, reversing key diplomatic and commercial ties.Trump’s new executive action, however, will not lift sanctions against Cuba until it released all political prisoners and respected the Cuban people’s right to freedom of assembly and expression. “Officially, today, they are rejected”.”In an extremely packed and very warm auditorium”, Trump said he was “canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba“. A presidential memorandum gives the government 90 days before it even starts to rewrite Cuba travel regulations, meaning it could be many months before it’s clear what the change means for American travelers.Trump cast that as a sign the U.S. still wanted to engage with Cuba in hopes of forging “a much stronger and better path”.The past two years has shown that the two countries, as Cuban President Raul Castro has repeated, can cooperate and live together in a civilized manner, respecting differences and fostering everything that can benefit both nations and people, the statement points out. As part of the agreement, the two countries reopened embassies in each other’s capitals. US airlines and cruise ships will still be allowed to serve the island 90 miles south of Florida.Finally, Obama ended the “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy that applied only to Cubans.”Today is a major setback for worldwide relations, NAFSA, our allies and the Cuban and American people”.But individual “people-to-people” trips by Americans to Cuba, allowed by Obama for the first time in decades, will again be prohibited.In addition, the USA government is to police other trips to ensure travelers are pursuing a “full-time schedule of educational exchange activities”.The new policy will ban most United States business transactions with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group, a sprawling conglomerate involved in all sectors of the economy, including the hotel and hospitality industry, but make some exceptions, including air and sea travel, the officials said.Targeting payments to the Cuban military will have an impact on the tourism industry because of the military’s vast involvement in the broader Cuban economy, including through ownership of the Gaviota hotel chain. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who helped craft the new regulations, said at Friday’s event with Trump.Granma, the official organ of Cuba’s Communist Party, described Trump’s declarations in real-time blog coverage Friday as “a return to imperialist rhetoric and unilateral demands”.”The Cuban people were so excited when President Obama came”, Caridad Gonzalez, who runs a bed-and-breakfast, said.Remittances from people in the United States to Cubans will not be cut off. “We know what’s going on and we remember what happened”. “It’s about us helping them and their people as well”, says Jim Byrum, the president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association.The Obama administration had restored diplomatic relations with its Cold War foe in December 2014.