Speaking from the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami’s Little Havana, Trump declared he was “cancelling the former administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba”, fulfilling a campaign promise to the Floridian Cuban-Americans who supported him in the 2016 election. He promised that Trump’s policy will bring “freedom and liberty” to the island of Cuba.
The American Society of Travel Agents told NBC News this week that it is “disappointed with what we believe will be the thrust of the Trump administration’s announcement: that it plans to turn back the clock in terms of expanded travel and trade between the USA and Cuba”, said Zane Kerby, ASTA President & CEO.
“You went out and you voted, and here I am”, Trump said Friday.
President Trump has announced new restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, backtracking on the policy of greater engagement with the island pushed by his predecessor, Barack Obama.
“The Cuban people have long suffered under a Communist regime that suppresses their legitimate aspirations for freedom and prosperity and fails to respect the essential human dignity of all Cubans”, said Trump’s directive.
In a speech marked by Cold War rhetoric and Donald Trump mimicking a Cuban accent, Trump re-imposed travel restrictions that President Obama softened a year ago.
“The self-directed, individual travel permitted by the Obama administration will be prohibited”, according to the release.
Trump based his partial reversal of Obama’s Cuba measures largely on human rights grounds.
By law, travel to the island from the U.S.is still generally limited to 12 authorized categories such as educational activity, humanitarian projects and support for the Cuban people.
This should shield US airlines and cruise lines now serving the island.
Obama, after years of clandestine work with the Castro regime, announced in 2014 that the United States would re-establish diplomatic relations and reopen the American embassy in Havana, which was closed in 1961 following the Cuban revolution.
Yes. The announced policy changes will not change the authorizations for sending remittances to Cuba.
Additionally, although the former president lowered the restrictions on travel, USA citizens are required to declare the reason for travels under one of 12 sections and tourism is not listed.
The official noted that during the campaign past year, Trump received an endorsement from the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, the first presidential endorsement this group has ever made, at their museum in Little Havana, Miami.
“And when it is, I believe that the people on the island and history will say that perhaps the key moment in that transition began on this day, on this stage, with all of you, and a president that is willing to get it done”, Rubio said.
Before the president took the stage, Sen.
‘U.S. technology companies like Google took advantage of the opening to forge new agreements, ‘ he added.
“America stands with the persecuted, the oppressed, and the exploited in Cuba”, Pence exclaimed. As a result, they were often presented with activities and talks favoring Cuba government positions on domestic and worldwide issues. US travelers are engaging in what amounts to illegal tourism, but they are also pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts that are driving the growth of Cuba’s nascent private sector. He also touched on the shooting earlier this week at a GOP Congressional baseball team practice.