Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Russia Says Trump Is Using 'Cold War Rhetoric' On Cuba

Russia Says Trump Is Using 'Cold War Rhetoric' On Cuba

The Castro government said in a statement that Trump's speech "reminded the times of open confrontation with our country, announced the policy of his government towards Cuba which reverts the progress achieved in the past two years".

President Donald Trump has a guiding principle for his foreign policy, Sen. The president announced a revised Cuba policy aimed at stopping the flow of USA cash to the country's military and security services.

During his speech in Miami, Trump characterized these changes as a "complete" cancellation of the Obama policy and media reports have generally echoed this significant overstatement.

BLOCK: And what about reaction from the Cuban government, from the Communist Party there? The Cuban government reacted happily and stated that they are ready to continue the respectful dialogue and cooperation. "The stronger there, the longer it's gonna take for us to take back our country", said Eddie Ameneiro in Chicago.

"We know they have a different view of the world", a Cuban official told CNN.

"Effective immediately I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba", Trump said Friday.

But it also made clear that any USA strategy aimed at "changing the political, economic and social system in Cuba ... will be doomed to failure".

The lengthy statement then went on to strike a conciliatory tone, saying Cuba wants to continue negotiations with the United States on a variety of subjects. Obama spent the last two years of his presidency looking to warm relations with Cuba, including a trip to the island in 2016.

Embassies in Havana and Washington will remain open. US airlines and cruise ships would still be allowed to service the island. "Our new policy begins with strictly enforcing US law".

The biggest change in travel policy will be that Americans making educational people-to-people trips, one of the most popular authorised categories, can no longer go to the island on their own but only on group tours.

The change will make it harder to travel to and do business with Cuba.

"On behalf of all the men and women of the New Jersey State Police, I am grateful for his recognition and deep concern that Cuba continues to harbor (one of) this country's most wanted cop killers and domestic terrorists", Fuentes said.

-Cuban diplomatic, social and commercial ties, with the USA opening an embassy in Cuba, increasing flights to Cuba, and some US businesses expanding into the island nation for the first time in five decades.

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. Among them was Jos Daniel Ferrer Garc a, head of the Cuban Patriotic Union, the largest opposition group in Cuba, who was among the dissidents Obama met a year ago in Cuba.

Yet it also exposed the shortcomings in Obama's approach.

"President Trump's policy makes itself, once again, part of the old policy of pressure and strangulation of the Cuban people", founders Lenier Gonzalez and Roberto Veiga wrote Saturday.

"This is a limitation on what we did, not a reversal of what we did", Rhodes said in an interview.

"A backward move for (US-Cuban) relations would bring with it the collapse of many businesses" and "the suffering of all the families that depend on them", they wrote. And to understand these changes, we're joined by NPR's Carrie Kahn, who joins us from Havana.

President Donald Trump speaks about Cuba policy, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Miami. Carrie, what have Cubans been telling you about these changes announced by the Trump administration yesterday? Trump isn't overturning Obama's decision to end the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that allowed most Cuban migrants who made it onto United States soil to stay and eventually become legal permanent residents. The limitation of prohibited dealings to "direct transactions" will likely mean that the revised regulations will permit USA businesses to sell their goods and services into Cuba, so long as they are not contracting with or selling to prohibited military, intelligence, or security services entities.

Trump, however, stopped short of breaking diplomatic relations restored in 2015 after more than five decades of hostilities.

Aug 2016: United States commercial flight arrives in Cuba for the first time in more than half a century.

"Camp David is very rustic, it's nice, you'd like it", Trump said in an interview with a European journalist just before taking office.

"When Cuba is ready to take concrete steps to these ends, we will be ready willing and able to come to the table to negotiate that much better deal for Cubans and Americans", he said.

The Cuban government has withstood the USA trade embargo for more than a half century and will not make any political concessions to the United States due to economic pressure, said Mr Carlos Alzugaray, a retired Cuban diplomat.

Obama announced in December 2014 that he and Castro were restoring ties.

Since then, improvements have been made in U.S.

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