Trump thrusts US, Cuba back toward hostile relationship

On the surface, the announcement appears to benefit the territory; Cuba, if opened to full commerce with America, including travel, serves as an huge threat to not only the U.S. Virgin Islands' tourism product, but much of the Caribbean, with industry leaders meeting on multiple occasions previous year to discuss the potential impact.

Since taking over the running of the country just over a decade ago, Castro has been gradually expanding the private sector and trying to open up the country to foreign businesses.

During the campaign, Candidate Trump slammed Obama's Cuba policy, telling a crowd in Miami: "All the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done through executive order, which means the next president can reverse them".

"The Cuban administration is a violator of human rights as much as some of the people who President Trump has praised and admired on his recent trip, such as the King of Saudi Arabia and the president of Egypt", said Peter Schechter, a Latin America specialist who most recently headed the Atlantic Council's Latin American center.

According to a White House statement, the new rules will prohibit individual travel to Cuba and look to limit payment flows to state-owned companies operated by Cuban military organisation Grupo de Administración Empresarial (GAESA).

Trump said Friday that any easement of restrictions on doing US business in Cuba would have to wait until political prisoners are freed and fair elections are held.

Trump said: "I am cancelling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba".

Solé was considering opening a Cuban property, but changed its mind because of the policy changes, Zelkowitz said.

Weakening the impact further, Trump's policy carves out exceptions in the military ban for airlines, cruise ships, agricultural sales and remittances.

The new policy will ban most USA business transactions with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), a sprawling conglomerate involved in all sectors of the economy, but make some exceptions, including for air and sea travel, the officials said.

"Today is a major setback for global relations, NAFSA, our allies and the Cuban and American people". The Cuban government has traditionally steered those tour groups to state-run business, meaning the majority of American travelers to Cuba will probably no longer be able to patronize private restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts and taxi drivers.

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He demanded the regime to "stop jailing innocent people", and stop harboring fugitives and criminals. You have no choice.

"More importantly, as Cuba moves to reform its economy in the post-Castro era, American businesses should be present to lead by example", Marriott's statement said.

US Senator Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American Republican who represents Florida and its large Cuban population, said the move would drive US visitors to small businesses that actually help individual Cubans to become independent of the regime. Rock Scott, Cary Roque, and Vice President Mike Pence.

President Donald Trump arrives at the White House in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, after speaking about Cuba policy in Miami.

However, despite the rhetoric, the order appears to be less far-reaching than the President claimed, for example, the embassies that opened in Havana and Washington will be maintained, Cuban Americans will be allowed to send money to their families and visit them, and US companies will be allowed to continue commercial transportation, including flights between the two countries.

  • Rogelio Becker