Trump says he'll hold Cuban government 'accountable'

President Donald Trump is stopping into Miami Friday to announce changes to U.S. - Cuba policies.

Trump said the USA embassy would remain open on the communist island and repeated his mantra he would be seeking a "better deal" with the Cuban government.

Cuba says "the last two years have shown that the two countries can cooperate and coexist in a civilized way".

Trudeau said there have been no conversations with Cuban officials about what role Canada might play in helping to foster a better U.S. -Cuba relationship.

Trump said he is keeping the embassy open "in the hope that our countries can forge a much stronger and better path". US tourism has been booming since relations between Washington and Havana were resumed. USA airlines and cruise ships will still be allowed to serve the island.

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

Meanwhile, reports say that no changes will take effect immediately. Remittances to Cuba won't be cut off.

Moran, whose state has nearly 46 million acres devoted to farm operations, has backed legislation to restore trade with Cuba.

A new day, a new deal between the United States and Cuba.

Trump announced a revised Cuba policy aimed at halting the flow of US cash to the country's military and security services while maintaining diplomatic relations.

Assata Shakur aka Joanne Chesimard was granted asylum in Cuba after she escaped from a US prison in 1979.

Chesimard, a Queens-born black activist who changed her name to Assata Shakur, was a Black Liberation Army member who was convicted of killing a police officer in 1977.

"Since 2014, important changes have come to Cuba, even while the Cuban government continues to jail political opponents, restrict the emergence of a free press, and limit the political and economic reforms that the country greatly needs".

Sen. Jeff Flake is criticizing President Donald Trump's new policy on Cuba. He said penalties on Cuba would remain in place until its government releases political prisoners, stops abusing dissidents and respects freedom of expression. Both are Cuban Americans and have always been staunch critics of the Cuban government (first under Fidel Castro, now under his brother Raul), and opposed to normalizing relations between the two countries.

After concluding his address, Trump signed the order for his new policies. He said he would "stand with the Cuban people in their fight against communist oppression", and went on to win about half the Cuban vote in Florida in the presidential election. 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.

He then clarified that he is not imposing total bans on Americans traveling to Cuba, and will not close embassies. The bill has 54 co-sponsors.

Months before he was elected, Trump said in an interview with CNN that he would consider opening a Trump-branded hotel in Cuba "at the right time, when we're allowed to do it".

In a tweet on Friday, Rubio claimed credit for hammering out the new Cuba policy with Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, a fellow Florida Republican.

Friday morning, Rubio gave a glimpse into what exactly will be changed saying the president's goal in the changes is to "support the Cuban people by driving USA visitors to small business they own so they can become independent of regime". The self-directed, individual travel will be prohibited.

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