“The president vowed to reverse the Obama administration policies toward Cuba that have enriched the Cuban military regime and has increased the repression on the island”, a White House official said on the condition of anonymity.
Commercial flights and cruise sailings to Cuba will be allowed to continue, the newspaper reported, and travel and money sent by Cuban-Americans won’t affected by the president’s new policy.
“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.
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science and fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is also available leading up to and after Trump’s Miami visit and Cuba announcement. But apparently, with a tiny island country off the Florida coast, it’ll be a back-to-the-Cold-War policy of isolation, which only isolates the United States. The Trump administration has made it clear that in its “America First” foreign policy, America’s economic and security concerns will not be sacrificed in the name of human rights.
“We know the difficulties with the Cuban media on being able to report some things and this is why we are pushing for more and more Americans there, more smartphones and greater command of Internet so these things can be more visible to as many people as possible”. Americans – 613,000 of the 4.1 million tourists visiting Cuba past year – stay disproportionately in Airbnbs, where the money goes directly to Cubans, not the regime, an average of $2,700 yearly, nine times the annual salary of $311.
U.S tourism industry says more than half of the tourists who are living in the Havana hotels are from the United States.
As well as rolling back Obama’s relaxation of travel restrictions, which allowed American cruise ships and airlines to resume scheduled services to Cuba last year for the first time in more than 50 years, Trump is reported to also be considering moves to limit business opportunities for U.S. companies. The thaw also allowed Americans to bring more goods back from the island nation.
In the campaign, Trump pledged in Florida to overturn Obama’s opening. Trump’s new policy would not reflect the views of almost three-quarters of USA citizens.
“We want to strengthen the Cuban people without strengthening the Cuban military”, Marco Rubio, the United States senator and former presidential candidate, said yesterday.
USA tech giant Google installed servers in Cuba; worldwide hotel operators rushed to open five-star hotels in Havana and Cuba’s resorts; airlines eagerly launched regular commercial flights to different cities in the country; and cruise lines put Havana and Cuban resorts on their itineraries.
He also acknowledged frustration with Cuban officials he’d met: “If they would just be willing to show some evolution, you know, a momentum could be gained”. Trump said he’d be “honored” to meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. “I will seek to promote a stable, prosperous, and free country for the Cuban people.to that end, we must ensure that USA funds are not channeled to a regime that has failed to meet the most basic requirements of a free and just society”.