Rhodes was instrumental in the Obama administration's efforts to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease travel restrictions with the island nation, which has been under a usa embargo for more than four decades.
Responding to Trump's announcement, the Cuban government said in a statement that American attempts to fundamentally change the island were unlikely to succeed. American (AAL), Delta (DAL), JetBlue (JBLU), Southwest (LUV), United (UAL) and Alaska Airlines (ALK) are the US carriers now offering flights to Cuba. However, in a shift from Obama's approach, Trump said trade and other penalties would stay in place until a long list of prerequisites was met.
Reversing the policy of pursuing a historic detente, Trump said, "Effective immediately, I am cancelling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba". Greater sanctions wouldn't persuade Cuba's one-party state to change its spots; they would just reinvigorate aging hardliners and their narrative of Yanqui persecution.
In a statement read out on the evening news Friday, the Cuban Communist government said Trump was resorting to "coercive methods of the past" that hurt the Cuban people and prevented economic development but would not weaken the revolution.
The lengthy statement went on to strike a conciliatory tone, saying Cuba wants to continue negotiations with the USA on a variety of subjects.
It regretted "a reversal in relations between the two countries".
As part of the agreement, the two countries reopened embassies in each other's capitals. I can understand the point that such travel often enriches the regime. Remittances from people in America to Cubans won't be cut off.
Moscow maintains close ties with Havana, and in March signed a deal to renew oil shipments to the Caribbean island for the first time in more than a decade. And the US government will police other trips to ensure travelers are pursuing a "full-time schedule of educational exchange activities".
Rules regarding travel could change, as Trump called for a review within 90 days of current policies.
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But Bennet, who visited Cuba with a congressional delegation in February, called Trump's move "disappointing" and said it stands to stymie potential export markets for Colorado businesses and agriculture producers.
Also not expected are any changes to US regulations governing what items Americans can bring back from Cuba, including the rum and cigars produced by state-run enterprises. American tourism already is creating more Cuban entrepreneurs: Airbnb has paid Cuban hosts $40 million during the past two years - an average of $2,700 per year, almost eight times the average annual wage.
This new policy aims to limit transactions with GAESA, run by Gen.Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, Raul Castro's son-in-law.
As previously reported by FOX Business, at least one non-profit group said that rolling back travel expansions would hurt USA airlines that have flights to the island.
He's calling on the Senate's GOP leadership to allow a vote on his legislation that would eliminate restrictions on travel to Cuba by American citizens and legal residents.
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. "We remember what happened". "To roll back the engagement will only manage to isolate us from the world", said Havana resident Marta Deus. Refusing to negotiate domestic reforms in exchange for US concessions is perhaps the most fundamental plank of Cuba's policy toward the U.S.
Trump didn't hold back anything when describing the horrors of the Communist Regime in Cuba.
Trump's primary objective is to keep money out of the hands of Cuba's military and intelligence services.
The changes themselves are minimal compared to their consequences for US relations with Latin America; in terms of substance, this is really a nothingburger.
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