President Trump's Cuba concessions

  • President Trump's Cuba concessions

President Trump's Cuba concessions

President Donald Trump will announce he's rolling back parts of the Obama administration's plan to thaw relations with Cuba during a speech Friday in Miami, the White House said Thursday.

That is the opinion of the leader of the Engage Cuba coalition, James Williams, who said that dismantling the policies implemented by the Barack Obama administration (2009-2017) would be bad for the USA and Cuban peoples and for the White House chief himself.

"The goal of these policies is very simple", Rubio said in a message posted on Facebook.

Rubio called the new policy a strategic, long-term attempt to force aging Cuban military and intelligence officers to ease their grip on the island's economy as a younger generation of leaders prepares to take over.

The president of Engage Cuba noted that it seems that the two lawmakers sold Trump the story that people will like the reversion, 'but I think that his team is realizing that it will not be the case'.

But while certain USA businesses have increased their presence in Cuba and US visitors traveling under general licenses authorizing people-to-people contacts (read: mostly tourism) have increased since 2014, the Castro regime has continued its long-standing practice of brutalizing its own people.

Trump made the promise during his campaign for the GOP nomination, with Florida emerging as a key swing state. Although Trump lost the Miami area to Hillary Clinton by double digits, he credits support from Cuban-Americans for helping him eke out a narrow victory statewide.

"Some 85 percent of our clients are Americans and they are the ones who consume most and pay the best", said Yuri Barroso, doing promotion for a restaurant on Plaza Vieja, a square surrounded by elegantly restored colonial buildings. Though Trump will announce his new policy this Friday, nothing will change until the agencies implement those regulations. Trump's new policy would not reflect the views of almost three-quarters of US citizens. "We're going to continue to advocate through the White House and through the national security team why it's so important", added Emmer. FILE - In this January 12, 2017 file photo, tourists ride in classic American convertible cars past the United States embassy, right, in Havana, Cuba. Fifty-five years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, why would we ever voluntarily surrender influence in Cuba to Russian Federation?

More broadly, the Trump administration appears to have learned one of the core lessons of recent sanctions-unwinding episodes: relieving certain sanctions pressure on rogues does not mean we need to give up all of our economic leverage.

But Trump has often said Obama's deal making with Cuba has been one-sided.

The previous United States administration softened numerous restrictions lifting American travel to Cuba, triggering a tourism boom. It also won't change the status of the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay.

The actions, however, are far from a full rollback of the policies Obama champion in the latter half of his administration.

Many Cubans who have not felt much impact from the detente on their daily lives agree, and feel resigned. "And we've already seen significant changes", said Williams.

This week, Sopo and other CubaOne members wrote an open letter to Trump outlining a series of recommended initiatives focused on family-centered policy and open travel. Bringing back Cuban cigars, even for those who had government permission to visit the island, was long illegal.