Crestfallen that Donald Trump rolling back detente: Cubans

Crestfallen that Donald Trump rolling back detente: Cubans

While anti-Castro conservatives hailed Trump's partial roll-back of President Barack Obama's detente, a number of other GOP lawmakers, particularly from farm states, criticized the change as misguided and isolationist.

While Trump gave his speech, a hundred activists about evenly divided between supporters and opponents of the president chanted and held up signs outside the venue, the Manuel Artime Theater, named after a late political leader of Cuban exiles who launched the failed Bay of Pigs uprising in 1961. A former Cuban soldier who arrived in the U.S.by boat in 1959, he said that that Trump measures were the right ones to take.

"Our policy will seek a much better deal for the Cuban people and for the United States of America", Trump said in Miami's Little Havana on Friday.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump speaks about Cuba policy, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Miami.

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It analyzes the virtues of Obama's approach, which had recognized Cuba's independence, sovereignty and self-determination, and the Cuban government in a civilized coexistence relationship.

"The government of Cuba reiterates its willingness to continue a respectful dialog and cooperation on themes of mutual interest, as well as negotiations on pending bilateral matters", the statement said.

By putting his decision in terms of service to U.S. values and human rights, while taking a practical measure to defund Cuban state entities he is trying to recast the embargo as a measure against Raul Castro and government - not the Cuban people. Trump's approach is aimed at halting the flow of USA cash to the country's military while maintaining diplomatic relations. But Trump vowed that trade and other penalties would stay in place until a long list of prerequisites is met.

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"The Cuban statement said that Trump "justified that policy with alleged concerns over the human rights situation in Cuba and the need to rigorously apply" the trade embargo and blockade against the island, which Obama had relaxed".

The move is created to target the repressive elements of the Cuban regime over human rights concerns and not the Cuban people, said officials, who briefed reporters ahead of the announcement on the condition they not be named.

Visitors will still be able to self-certify under a general license that they are traveling to Cuba for one of the remaining legitimate reasons. Trump cast that as a sign the US still wanted to engage with Cuba in hopes of forging "a much stronger and better path".

Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday that Trump is "returning us to the forgotten rhetoric of the Cold War".

The lengthy statement went on to strike a conciliatory tone, saying Cuba wants to continue negotiations with the US on a variety of subjects.

Cuba has repeatedly said it will not renege on the promise of the former president, who died in November. USA airlines and cruise ships would still be allowed to service the island.

1962: Castro agrees to allow the Soviet Union to deploy nuclear missiles on the island bringing the USA and the USSR to the brink of nuclear war. "Much of Obama's policy remains the same", said Sebastian Arcos, associate director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University. Cuban-Americans can still send money to relatives and travel to the island without restriction.

But individual "people-to-people" trips by Americans to Cuba, allowed by Obama for the first time in decades, will again be prohibited.

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