Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
National | By Miranda Cannon

Trump to Cuba: Return NJ cop killer

Trump to Cuba: Return NJ cop killer

Putting Cuba's Business Administration Group (GAESA) at the heart of these new measures proves that it not only lacks any kind of political vision in dealing with the Cuban government (because in a nutshell, Trump's administration isn't giving up on negotiations), but it is also a mistaken tactic (which won't bear fruits) and is a strategy which is destined to fail.

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced in a speech in Miami a major departure from the prior administration's policy of reengagement with Cuba, reinstating certain travel restrictions previously eased by the Obama administration and imposing important new restrictions on commercial activities. Also, the majority of Cuban Americans living in Miami - the largest hub of Cuban Americans living in the US - support the Obama-era Cuba policies, the Miami Herald reports.

"We will not be silent in the face of communist oppression any longer", he said while surrounded by a crowd of exiles, emigres and Cuban-Americans, including Republican Sen.

Still, Rodriguez said, the Cuban government had no intention of meeting Trump's demands, including extraditing USA fugitives from justice, like convicted cop killer Assata Shakur.

My opinion: Trump's limited reversal of Obama's opening to Cuba is political theater with very little real impact. -Cuban relations, saying Trump had been badly advised and was resorting to "coercive methods of the past" that were doomed to fail.

"These measures reinforce our patriotism", Rodriguez said, giving the clearest signal yet that the Cuban government would meet Trump's harder line with their own tough talk.

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"In all, though, it seems that Trump's announcement in Miami does not go quite as far as some had thought possible because embassies in the countries will remain open and diplomatic relations will continue", Ward said. "Caterpillar believes that engagement with Cuba continues to represent a strong opportunity, not just for American businesses, but to serve as a powerful tool for change".

Visitors to the island with "group people-to-people travel", which some church groups use, still will be able to visit. Cruise ships and airlines will also be exempted.

Cuba is rejecting the demands by US President Donald Trump, including the extradition of those US fugitives it regards as fighters for civil rights.

The Government of Cuba condemns the new measures to tighten the blockade, which are doomed to failure, as has been repeatedly evidenced in the past, for they will not succeed in their goal to weaken the Revolution or bend the Cuban people, whose resistance against aggressions of all sorts and origins has been put to the test throughout nearly six decades. "We are disappointed that the administration has made a decision to limit Americans' ability to engage in Cuba", said Richard Sawaya, USA*Engage vice president. The other change the president talked about involved US companies that do business with military on the island.

And like Obama a few years ago, Trump badly needs a headline showing that he is doing something on the foreign policy front following his fiasco in the Middle East.

While anti-Castro conservatives hailed Trump's partial roll-back of President Barack Obama's detente, a number of other GOP lawmakers, particularly from farm states, criticized the change as misguided and isolationist. He has already pulled the United States out of a major global climate treaty and is trying to scrap his predecessor's landmark healthcare program. "Those changes, along with scheduled air services, have produced enormous economic benefits for both the USA and Cuba". Even so, the policy change still "has the potential to hurt people - the average people who rent a room or own a snack bar", he says. Castro's government has clearly stated it does not intend to change its one-party political system.

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