Shift in Cuba policy would be failure for U.S., says expert — Interview

Shift in Cuba policy would be failure for U.S., says expert — Interview

Trump's new restrictions are aimed toward restricting tourism and stemming funds directed toward the Cuban military but he won't be fully reversing diplomatic and commercial ties with the country.

The powerful Grupo de Administracion Empresarial S.A also runs most foreign hotels, meaning that Marriott's Starwood Hotels could lose the special license from the Obama administration it got to operate in Havana.

The departure is the latest example of Trump taking action to undercut his predecessor's legacy. And Trump has made repealing Obamacare, the former president's sweeping health care law, a top priority.

Barring unexpected events, President Donald Trump will disclose our nation's new Cuba policy in Miami today. "But it's nearly as if because America wants them to go in that direction, they're going to defy". Instead, rolling back current policy will be an inexplicably incoherent shift, a gift to Cuba's hard-liners, a blow to the Cuban people, and a setback for American interests in our own hemisphere.

"What we have to achieve in approaching Cuba is if we're going to sustain the sunny side of the relationship, Cuba must, absolutely must, begin to address its human rights challenges", Tillerson said Tuesday.

"Young Cuban-Americans in many ways are conditioned to think going to Cuba equals giving money to Castro, equals hurting the Cuban people", Sopo says. Boston Consulting Group, a research consultancy, projected the island could see up to 2 million American travelers by 2025.

The new limits on USA business deals will target the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), a conglomerate involved in all sectors of the economy, including hotels, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. In the first five months of this year, 284,565 US citizens took advantage of that change in policy, which allows travel to Cuba for educational, religious or cultural purposes, among others.

Yet the Trump administration has cozy relations with world-class human rights violators across the globe, from Saudi Arabia to the Philippines.

But Trump has often said Obama's deal making with Cuba has been one-sided. "Why are we committing commerce that benefits the Cuban military and intelligence services".

Smith added the Trump should turn the detention with Cuba positively and should push the Cuban Government to release their political prisoners. However, the administration will take away what it considers a loophole: individual people-to-people visits that were considered educational under the Obama detente.

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Last year more than 600,000 Americans traveled to Cuba, about 74 percent more than the year before. "It could also allow Russian Federation and China to more easily step in to fill the void". Vietnam, by the way, is one of those human rights violators that's been given a pass.

"(Cuba) represses dissent and discourages public criticism", Human Rights Watch wrote in a blog post. From Obamacare to climate policy to Cuba, he seems intent on overturning whatever Obama did - no matter how great the cost to the American people.

Rubio has, for years, led the charge for toughening relations with Cuba. Rubio will accompany the president on Air Force One.

"We had dinner with Sen". Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart say more sanctions are needed. Raul Castro and his closest advisers are mostly in their 80s.

Now Fidel Castro, the leader of Cuba's revolution, is dead. "These policy measures are created to lay the groundwork for that transition and empower the Cuban people to develop greater economic and political liberty". Trump said he'd be "honored" to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Florida was a key state in Trump's stunning Electoral College victory in 2016, and the Cuban-American community is politically influential in the state.

The result will be new restrictions on USA business dealings with the Cuban military, which controls most of Cuba's economy, and tighter rules for non-Cuban Americans traveling to the island.

He reiterated this point on Twitter after winning the election.

Trump had previously said he supported restoring diplomatic relations but wished the USA had negotiated a better deal. Ties forged during a 20-year slog will count with the Cuban government, he said.

"We know they have a different view of the world", a Cuban official told CNN.

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