Cuba denounces Trump policy changes but is open to dialogue


A mid-June Trump visit has been rumored since Memorial Day, when word of the Cuba policy rewrite began trickling from alarmed backers of former President Barack Obama's reengagement approach toward the communist island.

US President Donald Trump will announce his administration's changes to U.S. -Cuba policy, according to the Miami Herald.

It is exactly that which President Trump is aiming to deter.

Earlier Friday, Trump vowed to overhaul Obama's policies. "We reject Donald Trump's declarations against our brother Cuba".

In fact, Trump is getting bipartisan support for his call to bring back Shakur to USA soil. Diplomatic relations will remain in place and commercial air and sea links will be exempted from the new restrictions.

In a statement released on government-run websites and television Friday evening, President Raul Castro's administration says Trump's speech was "loaded with hostile rhetoric that recalls the times of open confrontation". -Cuban relations, but said it remained willing to continue "respectful dialogue".

"We will not be silent in the face of communist oppression any longer", Trump said at the Manuel Artime Theater, named for a former supporter of Fidel Castro who became a leader of Brigade 2506, the land forces that spearheaded the US-led Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.

While the changes are far-reaching, they appear to be less sweeping than many advocates had feared.

In turn, airlines and US hotel chains began investing resources in Cuba, while chicken, grain and other agricultural producers from the USA exported tons of products to Cuba.

The venue is named after a leader of the failed USA -backed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961 against Fidel Castro's revolutionary government.

Cuba regretted "a reversal in relations between the two countries", the statement said.

And he is not closing down the American embassy Obama opened in Havana - a pillar of the deal Trump claimed was so terrible for the US. USA airlines and cruise ships will still be allowed to serve the island.

But the changes would ultimately meet four objectives, according to the White House: Ensure compliance with US law, hold the Cuban government accountable for alleged human rights abuses, further the interests of the USA and the Cuban people, and "empower the Cuban people to develop greater economic and political liberty".

In addition, the United States government is to police other trips to ensure travelers are pursuing a "full-time schedule of educational exchange activities". "Why would you go back to a policy that has failed for 55 years?"

The change in the US posture toward Cuba under Trump marks the latest policy about-face by the president.

President Trump says his new policy will tighten rules on travel and on sending funds to Cuba.

Trump's declaration in a crowded, sweltering auditorium was a direct rebuke to Obama, for whom the diplomatic opening with Cuba was a central accomplishment of his presidency. The ability of Americans to travel freely on vacation to the country will be scrapped. This could make it easier for dissidents to organize, and other Cubans to utilize information sources not controlled by the state. "We remember what happened".

For Cubans, the shift risks stifling a nascent middle class that has started to rise as Americans have flocked to the island on airlines, patronizing thousands of private bed-and-breakfasts.

"We can not continue to bring concessions to the Cuban government", he said. "We're the ones who are hurt".

Later that night, Cuban state news was also talking tough.

The Cuban government has given Trump's speech extensive coverage on official media.

Yet not everything has been made clear regarding specifics on travel regulations for USA nations, or as to just how many of Obama's decisions regarding the island nation will be turned on their head. However, individual travel to Cuba will be stopped by the new rules.

"But it should not be expected that to that end, Cuba will make compromises to its very sovereignty", it said.

However, Trump has threatened to undo any deal Washington made with Havana if Cuba fails to take steps to improve the lives of the Cuban people.

"Having this opportunity supports our belief that the development of the Cuban economy is as beneficial to IL farmers as it is to Cuba".

His critics, however, have questioned why his administration is now singling out Cuba for human rights abuses but downplaying the issue in other parts of the world, including Saudi Arabia, a close USA ally Trump visited last month where political parties and protests are banned.

Obama announced in December 2014 that he and Castro were restoring ties.