MI farmers oppose changing Cuba policy

21 June, 2017, 07:09 | Author: Kelly Sanders

Ensconced in think tanks in Washington and NY, or in the private sector on both coasts, the Obama alumni network has become a diaspora of the disappointed as Trump tries to make good on his promises to upend much of what they had worked to accomplish.

Despite Trump's campaign pledge to improve relations with Moscow, there has been no significant improvement in foreign policy cooperation between the two countries. Emmer, Crawford and five other House Republicans have warned that rolling back U.S. Cuba policy could threaten new bilateral agreements with Havana to combat human trafficking, illicit drugs and cyber crimes.

United States cruise operators and airlines could lose around $712 million in annual revenues if the Trump administration fully reinstates restrictions on travel, Washington lobby group Engage Cuba said in a recent report.

Responding to President Donald Trump's announcement Friday that he is reversing the Obama administration's steps to normalize relations with Cuba, the Castro government said the United States is in no "condition to lecture us".

"American businesses and farmers deserve an opportunity to compete in the Cuban market".

Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday President Trump's policy changes on America's relationship with Cuba were "very appropriate", and explained why the USA needs to take a tougher stance when it comes to dealing with the communist country. The Americans have helped the economy somewhat but it isn't everything because we get tourists from many countries, not just the U.S., "Omara Mata, Owner of Casa Victor Restaurant said".

Numerous high-profile fugitives in Cuba are black or Puerto Rican militants who were offered political asylum by Fidel Castro during the 1970s and 1980s.

Trump's new policy retains key aspects of Obama's reforms, leaving full embassies in Washington and Havana and letting USA cruise and airlines continue service to Cuba, although it will make travel harder by requiring most Americans to come in groups and banning payments to military-linked businesses. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., tweeted Saturday - do the opposite of what President Barack Obama would have done. American (AAL), Delta (DAL), JetBlue (JBLU), Southwest (LUV), United (UAL) and Alaska Airlines (ALK) are the US carriers now offering flights to Cuba.

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"U.S. private sector engagement can be a positive force for the kind of change we all wish to see in Cuba". In his view, it prevents USA companies from conducting business with companies controlled by the Cuban military. I'd transcribe it in the history books.

In response, the Cuban government late Friday said that any attempt to change the political system on the island would be destined to fail.

The impact on the US will be minimal. Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a key player in forging the new policy, was expected to attend along with other Cuban-American lawmakers. "This will galvanize things".

Mr Trump said the sanctions on travel to Cuba will remain in place "until all political prisoners are freed, freedoms of assembly and expression are respected, all political parties are legalized, and free and internationally supervised elections are scheduled". I can understand the point that such travel often enriches the regime.

One of the most criticized, though tolerated, projects that have flourished since the declaration of detente is Cuba Posible, a think tank and online magazine dedicated to creating space for amicable dialogue about the future of Cuba. Find us on Facebook too!

Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security adviser who negotiated Obama's opening with the Cubans, said it was disappointing Trump was halting the momentum that had built but added that it could have been worse. "It's a continuation of old dynamics of confrontation that are immoral, unjust and illegitimate".

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

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