Cuba rejects new U.S. policy, calls it 'archaic'

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

The new rules will stop individual travel to Cuba and seek to restrict the flow of payments to the many Cuban companies owned by the regime's security forces. He said Trump's policy may put us national security at risk as strategic competitors move to fill the vacuum the uncoupling could create. He will not break the diplomatic ties Mr. Obama worked so carefully to restore, nor does he plan to impose new trade sanctions.

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"By requiring Americans to travel in tour groups, the administration is not only making it more expensive for everyday Americans to travel to the island, but pushing them away from staying in private homes - which are unable to accommodate large tour groups - and into state run hotels", said James Williams, president of Engage Cuba.

Obama worked to fix relations between the USA and Cuba.

Although the policy changes announced were limited, Trump tightened rules for Americans traveling to Cuba, banned ties with a military-run tourism firm and reaffirmed the existing United States trade embargo.

While he acknowledged that changes in Cuba were necessary, pointing to the ongoing process of modernising and developing the island's economic and socialist model, he insisted that Cubans would decide its own fate independent of foreign influence.

"I am totally sure that this is much better that what Obama did", said Lopez, who arrived in the U.S.in 1960. And they will saddle the U.S. government with the complicated task of policing United States travel to Cuba to make sure there are no transactions with the military-linked conglomerate that runs much of the Cuban economy.

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Responding to Trump's announcement, the Cuban government said in a statement that American attempts to fundamentally change the island were unlikely to succeed.

The president, who promised to be tough on Havana during the presidential campaign, outlined stricter enforcement of a long-time ban on Americans going to Cuba as tourists and will seek to prevent US dollars from being used to fund what he sees as a repressive military-dominated government.

President Trump says this is to ensure that US visitor money is not going towards the Cuban military.

Cuba's government slammed President Donald Trump for his "hostile rhetoric" during a speech Friday that it said took "a backward step in the relationship between the two countries". The problems with this argument are twofold - it exaggerates and underplays the effects of USA engagement in Cuba.

Embassies in Havana and Washington will remain open.

Under Trump's order, the Treasury and Commerce Departments will be given 30 days to begin writing new regulations and they will not take effect until they are complete.

Americans will no longer be able to travel to Cuba individually unless they fall into one of 12 previously established categories that will continue to include people-to-people but only if they are part of a group with a set schedule. "While we are reviewing what this policy could mean for this type of travel, we appreciate that the policy appears to allow us to continue to support Airbnb hosts in Cuba who have welcomed travelers from around the world".

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