However, notwithstanding much hype both by Mr. Trump - who boasted that he was "canceling" Mr. Obama's "deal" - and by his detractors, what the president actually pledged Friday was little more than a policy tweak.
The Cuban government argued that it would only be a retread of the past, and that the Trump administration is not in a position to lecture. Under current rules, Americans may not travel to and spend money in Cuba as tourists, but may visit only for commercial, educational, cultural or other such purposes.
"It would be more effective to continue an open line of communication and working relationship with a government in need of democratic assistance, instead of shutting them out", Boozman said. Worse, it may backfire, by shifting world attention away from the Cuban regime's oppression of its people to what Cuba will now claim is a new "U.S. aggression" against the island.
PRESIDENT TRUMP announced a new policy on Cuba on Friday, and even before he finished speaking, criticism was pouring in from advocates of President Barack Obama's opening to the communist island. The effort took place "with Trump's knowledge" through a USA consulting firm, the magazine said.
An unpopular policy would be justified if it promised to achieve Trump's stated goals of greater political and economic rights for Cubans.
President Donald Trump shows a signed executive order on Cuba policy, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Miami.
"It's a bit hypocritical how the United States government addresses human rights violations in different countries", she said.
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The president himself took to Twitter Wednesday morning to decry "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history". If that is the case, it could be part of what appears to be a pattern of statements that are meant to back the president.
"This policy was clearly written by people who have never been to Cuba, at least not in this century", James Williams, head of Engage Cuba, a group that lobbies for closer Cuba ties, said in a statement.
For Cubans, the shift risks stifling a nascent middle class that has started to rise as Americans have flocked to the island on airlines, patronizing thousands of private bed-and-breakfasts. "We're the ones who are hurt". Cuba's government may not formally respond to Trump's speech until a speech Monday by its foreign minister.
"We will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime until all political prisoners are freed, freedoms of assembly and expression are respected, all political parties are legalised and free and internationally supervised elections are scheduled elections", Trump said. Refusing to negotiate domestic reforms in exchange for USA concessions is perhaps the most fundamental plank of Cuba's policy toward the U.S. Trump's approach is aimed at halting the flow of USA cash to the country's military while maintaining diplomatic relations.
Cuba functioned as a virtual US colony for much of the 20th century, and even reform-minded Cubans are highly sensitive to perceived USA infringements on national sovereignty. Washington had severed diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961, two years after communist rebels led by Fidel Castro toppled the right-wing government of Fulgencio Batista.
We hope the hubbub over Mr. Trump's announcement won't drown out the voice of José Daniel Ferrer Garcia, general coordinator of Cuba's largest dissident organization, the Cuban Patriotic Union.
Obama announced in December 2014 that he and Castro were restoring ties.
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