Trump vows revamp of Obama-era Cuba deal


President Donald Trump has announced a series of changes to the Obama-era Cuba policy and is challenging the Cuban government to negotiate a better deal.

He vowed Canada would continue to support Cuba in terms of tourism and investment, as well as "the opportunities we wish to create for the people of Cuba and for Canadian business people".

U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to roll back his predecessor's opening toward Cuba will spare airlines and cruise operators betting on a new revenue source but the rollback could affect them by weakening demand. She argued the reversal could cost the US economy $6.6 billion over the next four years, with the travel industry taking taking the brunt of the losses.

The tweet reads, "Headed to Miami to announce new US policy on Cuba". But President Trump's tough talk came in the company of Cuban Americans in Miami. The U.S. and Cuba have also signed multiple bilateral agreements to work together on everything from human and drug trafficking to maritime security and migration.

"U.S. extremism aspires to cover the planet with misery, violence and death", she said in a series of tweets blasting Trump and praising Cuba.

Analysts disagree on the exact amount, but Hare says most estimate that 70 precent of the hard currency that Cuba earns is generated by military-run companies.

Weissenstein reported from Havana.

The new policy is only a partial reversal from that of the Obama administration. "It is time Senate leadership finally allowed a vote on my bipartisan bill to fully lift these archaic restrictions which do not exist for travel by Americans to any other country in the world".

The policy memorandum directs the Treasury and Commerce Departments to begin the process of issuing new regulations within 30 days.

"When he's cutting back on travel, he's hurting us, the Cuban entrepreneurs".

But then Tillerson qualified his statement.

"Because we know it is best for America to have freedom in our hemisphere, whether in Cuba or Venezuela, and to have a future where the people of each country can live out their own dreams", he said. He will also not reinstate the "wet foot, dry foot" policy.

Cuban-Americans can still send money to relatives and can still travel to the island without restriction. Grupo de Administracion Empresarial SA, known as GAESA, a state-run, military-affiliated conglomerate, owns nearly all of the retail chains in Cuba and 57 of the mainly foreign-run hotels on the island.

On the stage in Miami, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., said the USA would no longer have to witness the "embarrassing spectacle" of an American president being friendly with a dictator. Importantly, the Trump administration wants to build good rapport with both.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has urged the Trump administration to make Chesimard's return to the United States part of any change in Cuba policy.

Rubio staunchly opposed Obama's re-engagement with Cuba, and he lauded Trump as he took the stage. A similar group of Senate Republicans wrote to Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, citing the entrepreneurial and national security benefits of continued engagement.

Other aspects of Obama's policies will stand.

Obama's initial opening prompted a dash to launch flights into Cuba in mid-2016.

"We will not be silent in the face of communist oppression any longer", Trump said. She believes the United States should not engage with Cuba unless it undertakes significant progress on human rights.

Obama also gave illegal immigrants from Cuba a path to legal status and opened travel to the island nation.

"They are cosmetic changes that don't mean anything", he said in Spanish.

"What did Candidate Trump say?"



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