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Trump’s Policy impact on Cuba

The change in the US posture toward Cuba under Trump marks the latest policy about-face by the president.After stressing that Cuba has not renounced to any of those principles nor will it renounce, the Government reiterates its willingness to pursue a respectful dialogue and cooperation on issues of common interest, as well as maintaining negotiation on pending bilateral matters with the U.S. Government.For ordinary Cuban citizens, the announcement from the US President Donald Trump was a shocker.Diplomatic relations, restored only two years ago, are to remain intact.In a statement read out on the evening news, the Communist government said Trump was resorting to “coercive methods of the past” that hurt the Cuban people and prevented economic development but would not weaken the revolution. “Officially, today, they are rejected”.U.S. cruise operators and airlines could lose around $712 million in annual revenues if the Trump administration fully reinstates restrictions on travel, Washington lobby group Engage Cuba said in a recent report. In practice, however, many recent changes to boost ties to Cuba will stay as they are.In a statement released Friday evening on government-run websites and television, Cuban President Raul Castro’s administration said Trump’s speech was “loaded with hostile rhetoric that recalls the times of open confrontation”.Eased restrictions fuelled a boom US tourist arrivals, especially in Havana, creating demand for more bed and breakfasts, restaurants, taxis and tour guides in the fledgling private sector.”The last two years have shown that the two countries can cooperate and coexist in a civilized way”, it said.Embassies in Havana and Washington are to remain open. The president’s directive will essentially shield United States airlines and cruise lines now serving the island but dim a potentially bright outlook for travel growth between the countries. While larger USA carriers have pared back flights to smaller Cuban cities, American Airlines, Delta, United Continental, Southwest and JetBlue have requested additional flight clearances on various routes to Havana.Former President Barack Obama’s 2014 declaration of detente with Cuba prompted hundreds of islanders to launch media, entrepreneurship and cultural projects that were outside control of the state but within the bounds of law, unlike the directly confrontational tactics of Cuba’s small dissident groups.In addition, the United States government is to police other trips to ensure travelers are pursuing a “full-time schedule of educational exchange activities”.Donald Trump has announced a partial rollback of his predecessor’s rapprochement with Cuba, tightening travel and trade rules on the grounds of what he said was a worsening human rights situation on the island. Under the expected changes, the US will ban American financial transactions with the dozens of enterprises run by the military-linked corporation GAESA, which operates dozens of hotels, tour buses, restaurants and other facilities. “We will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime until all political prisoners are free”.Most U.S. travelers to Cuba will again be required to visit the island as part of organized tour groups run by American companies.The Castro government is certain to reject Trump’s list of demands, which includes releasing political prisoners, halting what the USA says is abuse of dissidents and allowing greater freedom of expression. Trump isn’t overturning Obama’s decision to end the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that allowed most Cuban migrants who made it onto us soil to stay and eventually become legal permanent residents. “And we are going to be safeguarding those people”, he said.Here’s a look at Trump’s policy toward Cuba.What remains in place from Obama’s policy?Moran said in a statement that “putting America first means exporting what we produce to countries across the globe”.”I do believe that end is in the very near future”, he said.