Cuban Ambassador to the US Criticizes President Trump's Policy Rollbacks

The Trump administration's new and tougher restrictions on travel between the us and Cuba were met with a muted response from major usa airlines, which have recently cut back on flights to the island nation after an early surge.

But Trump's speech was a stinging rejection of Obama's announcement in 2014 that he and President Raúl Castro of Cuba would begin normalizing relations between the two countries. American (AAL), Delta (DAL), JetBlue (JBLU), Southwest (LUV), United (UAL) and Alaska Airlines (ALK) are the USA carriers now offering flights to Cuba.

In its response, Cuba accused Trump of using "coercive methods from the past". The two countries will maintain diplomatic relations, which were restored in 2015, and their embassies in Havana and Washington will remain open.

Former deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes, who played a key role in the change of policy under Obama, accused Trump of "turning back the clock to a tragically failed Cold War mindset". US airlines and cruise ships would still be allowed to service the island.

Donald Trump has announced a partial rollback of his predecessor's rapprochement with Cuba, tightening travel and trade rules on the grounds of what he said was a worsening human rights situation on the island.

In a statement Friday, Moran says.

At the most recent United Nations vote against the illegal blockade, 191 countries demanded it be lifted, with no votes against and only the U.S. and Israel abstaining.

And while his policy has the stated aim of helping the country's nascent private sector, it contains a measure that could damage thousands of small-business people who host, feed and transport independent American travelers to Cuba.

Moscow however criticized Trump on the decision, saying that "anti-Cuban discourse is still widely in demand".

Rules regarding travel could change, as Trump called for a review within 90 days of current policies. He was killed during a gunfight after a traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973.

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FILE - In this Friday, June 16, 2017, file photo President Donald Trump speaks about Cuba policy in Miami.

Trump is also calling for the legalization of all political parties, and free and internationally supervised elections.

By restricting individual USA travel to Cuba, the new policy also risks cutting off a major source of income for Cuba's private business sector, which the policy is meant to support. They are in such danger the way they have to come to this country.

At the venue where Trump announced his policy changes, the president received a warm welcome from audience members.

"The previous administration's easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people - they only enrich the Cuban regime".

However, Trump avoided turning back the clock completely, leaving intact many steps toward normalization. Flake has warned that returning to a "get tough" policy that isolates the island would hurt everyday Cubans whose livelihoods are increasingly rooted in travel and tourism. Flake's bill has 54 co-sponsors, including nine Republicans.

"The new policy, announced by the United States president in relation to Cuba, brings us back to the already forgotten rhetoric in the Cold War style".

"I am totally sure that this is much better that what Obama did", said Lopez, who arrived in the U.S.in 1960. Last year, Obama traveled to Cuba, becoming the first USA president in almost a century to visit the island.

The move is created to target the repressive elements of the Cuban regime over human rights concerns and not the Cuban people, said officials, who briefed reporters ahead of the announcement on the condition they not be named.

The new policy is only a partial reversal from that of the Obama administration.

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