Russia Says Trump Using 'Cold War Rhetoric' on Cuba

Places are reserved for journalists in the hearing room ahead of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Hart Senate Office Building

Places are reserved for journalists in the hearing room ahead of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Hart Senate Office Building

He challenged the communist government of Raul Castro to negotiate a better deal for Cubans and Cuban-Americans. In direct opposition to the United Nations and other organizations who echo the Obama policy of the unconditional end to America's embargo, Trump said, again, "America first and Cubans first in their country". "Return the fugitives from American justice - including the return of the cop-killer Joanne Chesimard", he added, in reference to the Black Liberation Army activist who was granted asylum in Cuba in 1984 and remains on the FBI's "most wanted terrorists" list.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks to board Marine One departing from the White House en route to Miami to announce his Cuba policy, in Washington D.C., the United States, on June 16, 2017.

Stricter Enforcement - President Trump indicated in his speech that there will be a stricter enforcement environment with regard to both the embargo on Cuba generally and the tourism ban specifically.

Trump's recent announcement on new travel and trade restrictions with Cuba aim to fulfill a campaign promise. Rather, the threat of these sanctions between connected economies is more likely to drive changes in government behavior. "While today is a setback, we will continue to advocate toward Cuba travel freedom and look forward to the day it becomes reality", it said. And, in addition, Obama allowed "people to people" trips, meaning, in practice, people could travel to Cuba as tourists, which thousands of Americans have been doing. The US president justified this policy with alleged concerns over the human rights situation in Cuba and the need to rigorously enforce the US blockade laws, conditioning its lifting, as well as any improvements in US-Cuba bilateral relations to our country's making changes inherent to its constitutional order. Having spent the last six decades trying to subvert Fidel Castro's repressive regime - El Comandante is rumored to have survived over 600 assassination attempts, outlasting 11 U.S. presidents when he passed away in 2016, aged 90 - Obama decided that the policy of isolation had not worked. However, President Trump has been squandering these gains since his election and will not make any friends in the region by harshly criticizing the Castro regime or returning to Cold War-era tactics.

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And let's be realistic about the value of trade with the Cuban elite: if more trade and investment is supposed to lead to improving the average Cuban's life and more open politics, why haven't the decades of tourism, trade, and investment Cuba has with scores of European countries led to anything positive for the Cuban people?

The Arkansas representative, Rick Crawford, believes that this turn of the president is more than a missed opportunity for rural areas of the country, which would benefit from this increased access to the Cuban market. "He could at least try to make a fake excuse a little more believable".

Trump's course shift on U.S.

"As a result, smarTours and other tour operators alike will be able to continue to take Americans to visit Cuba legally until further notice". The share was even higher among those born in the United States, with 66% of the American-born population supporting the move.

Both President Donald Trump and the US Congress have taken significant steps regarding sanctions in the past few days, with the President announcing a new policy toward Cuba and the US Senate passing a bill addressing sanctions on Russian Federation and Iran. However, the majority of Cuban-Americans support rapprochement. Trump unveiled his policies in the largely Cuban-American crowd in Miami's Manuel Artime Theater, named after a leader of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961.

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