Cuban foreign minister: We will not buckle in face of Trump's sanctions

Jun 20, 2017, 00:56
Cuban foreign minister: We will not buckle in face of Trump's sanctions

On the other hand, Trump did not close down the US embassy in Havana, which Obama re-established in 2015, nor did he cancel USA flights and cruises to Cuba. According to CNN, the President's changes would include prohibiting financial transactions incidental to travel with the Cuban government-run GAESA. "What could they menace us with now that they haven't before and failed".

After decades of Cold War enmity, he oversaw a diplomatic rapprochement with the United States under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama.

"Cuba is a poor country, and in reality the limitations are huge, from my opinion", said Perez-Viart.

"It is doubtful that they will trigger any move in Cuba towards a new governing structure or new leadership", said Shifter.

Trump's announced changes do not take effect until OFAC issues new regulations, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which will be issued in the next several months.

His critics, however, have questioned why his administration is now singling out Cuba for human rights abuses but downplaying the issue in other parts of the world, including Saudi Arabia, a close USA ally Trump visited last month where political parties and protests are banned.

And the three added: "Soon the Cuban people will be free".

Cuban's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.

Mr. Flake is one of those who wanted to leave the policy of the Obama administration in place with respect to Havana.

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It was probably the first time for Trump to pose himself as a human rights champion. "And President Trump proposes to harden it". Nearly everything he has done proves that he doesn't give a damn about democracy in Cuba or anywhere else.

At length, Rodriguez also criticized alleged US human rights abuses.

The Cuban government response was restrained.

Arbitrary arrests of human rights defenders, independent journalists, and others have grown "dramatically" in recent years, it says.

Plus, if we are going to argue about human rights, we can remind them of the racial discrimination U.S. citizens suffer and the murders of black citizens by white policemen, the millions of people who don't have access to healthcare, the exploitation immigrants are subjected to, making them work never-ending days for poor salaries; job discrimination for women, who earn less than men even though they do the same jobs, child labor exploitation and the gun violence which leaves thousands of innocent people dead every year.

Responding to Trump's announcement, the Cuban government said in a statement that American attempts to fundamentally change the island were unlikely to succeed.

"The previous administration was right to reject a policy that hurt ordinary Cubans and did nothing to advance human rights", Daniel Wilkinson, managing director for the Americas at the organization, said in a statement.

On June 16, President Donald Trump gave a speech in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood outlining his planned rollback of the loosening of travel and trade restrictions initiated under the Obama administration.

"As a result, smarTours and other tour operators alike will be able to continue to take Americans to visit Cuba legally until further notice".

Numerous changes that President Barack Obama made to Cuban policy, including restoring diplomatic relations and re-establishing direct flight service, will remain under Trump's Cuba policy, which bars Americans and United States companies from any transactions that benefit the Cuban military. Trump's aides said the aim was to close off a path for Americans seeking beach vacations in a country where USA tourism is still officially banned.

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