Trump Cuba policy reversal means few immediate changes

Trump to pull back on parts of Obama's Cuba policy

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"Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba", Trump said in Miami. "The cruise industry is well positioned for this change in policy and we are confident that our customers will continue to find value in their cultural experiences and social interactions with the Cuban people".

Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with President Donald Trump in Miami, Friday, June 16, 2017, where the president announced a revised Cuba policy aimed at stopping the flow of USA cash to the country's military and security services while maintaining diplomatic relations.

The Castro government is certain to reject Trump's list of demands, which includes releasing political prisoners, halting what the USA says is abuse of dissidents and greater freedom of expression.

We will stand with the Cuban people in the struggle for freedom. "They are rejected officially today - rejected". However, he stopped short of cutting off diplomatic relations which were restored in 2015.

The following is a chronology of major events in Cuba-U.S. ties after the 1959 Cuba Revolution led by Fidel Castro overthrew a U.S. -friendly government.

Reliable statistics are hard to come by, but Peter Kornbluh, a senior analyst at the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C. and co-author of Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana, told Mic that "about 60 percent of the tourist agencies are linked to GAESA". US airlines and cruise ships will still be allowed to serve the island 90 miles south of Florida.

Obama worked to enact several changes to Cuban policy during his tenure in the White House. The aim is to drive American dollars into the hands of private Cubans running businesses and not the pockets of the government. Travelers utilizing this travel authorization must maintain a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that are meant to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people's independence from Cuban authorities, and that will result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba.

United States airline trade group Airlines for America (A4A) says it is examining Trump's policy and potential impact on U.S. airlines.

Cuba has repeatedly said it will not renege on the promise of the former president, who died in November. The new president's action is broadly opposed by American business groups.

Mr. Trump said the USA will not negotiate with Cuba until the Castro regime schedules free and fair elections, legalizes other political parties, and releases political prisoners. The change will not end diplomatic relations with Cuba, re-establish the controversial "wet foot, dry foot" policy, or change the policy on how much rum, cigars and other products Americans can take from Cuba. Trump cast that as a sign the US still wanted to engage with Cuba in hopes of forging "a much stronger and better path". From left are, Rep, Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Florida Gov.

Speaking at a rally in Miami on Friday, Trump said: "Last year I pledged to be a voice against oppression, and here I am like I promised".

"So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you", Mr. Trump said. You have seen the truth, you have spoken the truth, and the truth has now called us - this group - called us to action.

However, Trump left in place many of Obama's changes, including the reopened USA embassy in Havana.

Trump's vow to keep the broader decades-old USA economic embargo on Cuba firmly in place drew criticism from some US farmers, especially growers of corn, soybeans and rice.

Engage Cuba, a group lobbying for an end to the embargo, estimates that 10,000 USA jobs in aviation and the cruise business already depend on Cuba. Some have been quick to note that although the new measures are substantial, the U.S.' backpedaling will likely increase the island's reliance on Russian Federation, especially at a time when its main ally, Venezuela, seems to be collapsing into civil war. Marco Rubio, another Florida Republican, have shown no interest in doing so.

Earlier on Friday Trump vowed to overhaul Obama's policies.

Trump traveled to Miami on Friday to announce his new directive, which would clamp down on travel and commercial links that were opened under Obama in an effort to extract changes from the Cuban government on human rights.

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