Trump's Bad Bet on Cuba

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In a statement on state television it denounced the measures, but said Havana "reiterates its willingness to continue the respectful dialogue and cooperation".

The nostalgia was so strong at Trump's Friday speech that he even announced participants in the CIA's disastrous 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in the audience.

Cuba could continue doing those deals with the US, and Cuba President Raul Castro is set to step down from power in 2018.

An official revealed that the new rules would ban financial transactions between USA and Cuban military-related companies. But it makes some exceptions, including for air and sea travel, according to US officials. USA airlines and cruise ships will still be allowed to serve the island 90 miles south of Florida.

Rodriguez insisted Cuba would "never negotiate under pressure or under threat" and he rejected Trump's demands for Cuba to turn over the USA fugitives who it's granted political asylum.

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The new rules include prohibitions on Americans spending money on businesses controlled by the military, which has a wide reach in the Cuban economy. Even so, demand for flights and cruises could be depressed as the new limits complicate travel to Cuba. On its Twitter blog on Friday, Royal Caribbean (@RoyalCaribbean) said its "pleased to share there is no impact to any of our cruises to Cuba as announced in the new US policy toward Cuba today".

Trump, however, stopped short of breaking diplomatic relations restored in 2015 after more than five decades of hostilities.

The foreign minister said that it was "outrageous" that during Trump's announcement of the new policies he was accompanied by known terrorists and former Central Intelligence Agency agents working against Cuba.

As for the real effects of policy, Mr Rodriguez said that he will need to wait for Mr Trump's measures to be implemented before he can completely assess their impacts.

The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) also expressed its dismay at Trump's decision.

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"Cuba conceded political asylum or refuge to U.S. fighters for civil rights", Rodriguez said. Therefore, we have much to show, say and defend. "He pretends that he will change everything, while in reality nothing is changing", Casals said. He said penalties on Cuba would remain in place until its government releases political prisoners, stops abusing dissidents and respects freedom of expression. No matter how hostile, threatening, or insulting a regime was toward the United States, Obama looked for ways to accommodate them. Saudi Arabia, while a key USA ally in the Middle East, is a well-known violator of human rights.

The Cuban government, which has made clear it will not be pressured into reforms, had no immediate comment.

President Donald Trump did not make any happy among the Republicans by canceling certain policies of the Obama era against Cuba, while some elected representatives of Congress saw in this option the possibility of entering a lucrative market of goods and services. While the neocons and Democratic Party hard-liners have succeeded in bringing back the Cold War with Russian Federation, it looks like President Trump is determined to take us back to a replay of the Bay of Pigs. The Castro regime does not exist for the sake of the Cuban people; it exists for the sake of itself, the party, and the military that run the island.

The changes are meant to cut off cash to Cuban leader Raúl Castro's regime, which controls about 60 percent of the island's economy through military-run enterprises, and pressure the Cuban government to let the nascent private sector grow.

“I have trust in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to Cuba, ” said Jorge Saurez, 66, a retired physician in Little Havana.

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