The new measures announced by Trump on Friday will only "strengthen our patriotism, our dignity, and our determination to defend by all means our national independence", Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said at a press conference in Vienna, after meeting with his Austrian colleague.
While Havana will not respond until the USA measures are officially implemented, Rodriguez said that what Trump announced looks to hurt United States businesses, taxpayers and citizens, as well as the very Cuban people he supposedly seeks to champion.
Numerous changes that President Barack Obama made to Cuban policy, including restoring diplomatic relations and re-establishing direct flight service, will remain under Trump's Cuba policy, which bars Americans and U.S. companies from any transactions that benefit the Cuban military.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez today defended his country " s right to grant political asylum to us civil rights fighters, and made it clear that those people will not be returned to the United States.
However, it will tighten restrictions on Americans traveling to the Caribbean island, hurting the booming Cuban tourism industry and clamp down on US business dealings with Cuba's military.
"Today's announcement is a step in the right direction to reverse an ill-advised and misguided Cuba policy that has failed to deliver on its promises, left the Cuban people worse off, and allowed American fugitives, like wanted terrorist and cop-killer Joanne Chesimard, to escape justice", Menendez said.
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The foreign minister made it clear that the US citizens who committed crimes in Cuba, like hijacking planes, were sentenced by Cuban courts and served lengthy prison sentences.
The Cuban foreign minister said Trump's hope of separating the people from the military, who were simply "the people in uniform", was "infantile".
Meanwhile, the partial rollback of the detente would fall flat with the majority of Americans, who supported the normalization of relations with Cuba, and with whom the country would continue working, Rodriguez added.
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"These persons will not be returned to the United States", he said.