In his perverse fixation on overturning all things Barack Obama, President Donald Trump now turns his attention to Cuba, the island located 90 miles off our shore. Fariñas, who has conducted more than 20 hunger strikes to protest the regime's actions, told VOA that "negotiating with the Cuban government and asking them nothing in return was a mistake".
He hasn't seen his life improve much since the USA and Cuba re-established friendly relations, but the restart of commercial flights after a half-century gave his wife hope she could afford to visit her 19-year-old son who emigrated to the US two years ago.
MARIEL, Cuba (AP) - Church bells rang out and Cubans strung American flags from their windows when President Barack Obama announced in December 2014 that the USA would stop trying to push Cuba toward collapse. Trump went there on Friday, June 9th as the part of the scheduled visit to that city. They cheered when relations were restored with the U.S. and Obama visited the island in 2016, the first USA president to do so in almost 90 years. During that event, the Trump noticed the people are eager for the President to place the human rights and free in Cuba and protection to U.S national security during the Castro bond.
Trump will also direct Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to convene a task force on expanding Internet access on the island and reiterate the United States' opposition to efforts in the United Nations to lift the Cuban embargo until more is done to honor human rights. He stated that he wouldn't let the U.S people down and he follows same as Obama and Hillary Clinton do.
However, it's believed the president will impose harsh restrictions on travel and trade.
"My administration's policy will be guided by key USA national security interests and solidarity with the Cuban people", reads the draft. Marion Smith is the executive director of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC).
Critics of the current policy also tend to downplay the risks of changing it.
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The Trump administration is particularly expected to single out GAESA, the Cuban military's business wing.
Supporters of the embargo point to Cuba's poverty and poor human-rights record as reasons why agriculture groups should attach less importance to markets.
It is time for the Trump administration to remedy these shortcomings.
John Gronbeck-Tedesco is the professor at Ramapo College in New Jersey. They are the people who voted him and helped him to become a President in America. Among more than 4 million visitors previous year, a record, 615,000 came from the United States, more than half of them Cuban Americans.
If American will agree with the relationship with Cuba, it only benefits the agriculture industries.
Trump will end that practice for so called "people to people" travel, which has created a loophole that allows nearly anyone to travel to the island legally senior White House officials said.
The announcement also wouldn't affect Americans who want to travel to Cuba and pay for an Airbnb stay, for example. In the case of Cuba, greater American interaction with everyday Cubans has meant not just a public diplomacy coup but a meaningful improvement in Cubans' lives. While fact sheets and details have been released to different lawmakers and interest groups, an administration official said Thursday that they are still finalizing the policy.
Obama argued that five decades of USA trade sanctions had failed to achieve that goal or dislodge the Castros from power. This trip promoted the tens of millions of dollars into the Cuba private hospitality sector.
Trump accused Cuba of "cruel despotism" in May, vowing to support its people's hopes for democracy, which raised ironic cheers from rights supporters more used to his cozying up to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other autocratic states.