Trump on Friday vowed to roll back his predecessor Barack Obama's deal re-opening trade ties with Havana, in favor of measures to support the Cuban people against what he called their "cruel and brutal" regime.
"Today's announcement is a step in the right direction to reverse an ill-advised and misguided Cuba policy that has failed to deliver on its promises, left the Cuban people worse off, and allowed American fugitives, like wanted terrorist and cop-killer Joanne Chesimard, to escape justice", Menendez said. Emmer, Crawford and five other House Republicans have warned that rolling back U.S. Cuba policy could threaten new bilateral agreements with Havana to combat human trafficking, illicit drugs and cyber crimes. He also doesn't plan to restore the so-called "wet feet, dry feet" immigration policy - repealed by Obama - that allowed Cuban migrants who reached us soil to stay.
But the changes would ultimately meet four objectives, according to the White House: Ensure compliance with USA law, hold the Cuban government accountable for alleged human rights abuses, further the interests of the US and the Cuban people, and "empower the Cuban people to develop greater economic and political liberty".
Diplomatic relations will remain in tact and commercial air and sea links will be exempted from the new restrictions.
The changes themselves are minimal compared to their consequences for US relations with Latin America; in terms of substance, this is really a nothingburger.
Rhodes isn't the only Obama administration veteran who seems to be experiencing personal pain as Trump strips away portions of the 44th president's legacy - on immigration, trade, the environment and, perhaps, health care.
"We will keep in place the safeguards to prevent Cubans from risking their lives to unlawful travel to the United States".
President Donald Trump delivers remarks on Cuba policy, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Miami. "We remain committed to working with all relevant parties to remove the antiquated policies that hinder the empowerment of the American and Cuban people".
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"Further U.S. disengagement opens up opportunities for countries like Iran, Russia, North Korea and China to gain influence on an island 90 miles off our coast", Crawford said.
However, individual "people-to-people" trips by Americans to Cuba, allowed by Obama for the first time in decades, will again be prohibited. "And we are going to be safeguarding those people", he said.
The new sanctions stipulate: "An employee, consultant, or agent of the group must accompany each group to ensure that each traveler maintains a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities". Though it is not a complete reversal of Obama's policy, Lee said the change will hurt both countries. But the Republican leadership in Congress has long blocked such a move, and it appears unlikely to budge.
Benjamin Rhodes, a former deputy national security adviser for Obama who led secret negotiations with Cuban officials that led to the rapprochement, said Trump's moves would undermine his stated objectives, pushing the Cubans into the arms of the Chinese and Russians, who have no restrictions on their dealings there, and emboldening hard-liners in the country who are opposed to moving toward democracy.
It is expected that the Treasury and Commerce Departments will release precise regulations within 30 days.
This new policy aims to limit transactions with GAESA, run by Gen.Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, Raul Castro's son-in-law.