Republicans divided as Trump reverses some Obama Cuba policy

Still, Cuba said it is willing to continue "respectful dialogue" with on topics of mutual interest.

Even as U.S. President Donald Trump declared Friday he would be "cancelling immediately" the "one-sided" Cuba policies of his predecessor Barack Obama, it became clear the rollback won't be as drastic as some hardliners had hoped.

Commercial flights and cruises between the US and Cuba are set to continue under an exemption, as US President Donald J. Trump yesterday hardened diplomatic stances between the countries.

"The Cuban government denounces the new measures hardening the blockade that are destined to fail. and that will not achieve their aim of weakening the revolution", Havana said.

"U.S. policy toward Cuba should be guided by US national security interests and promoting our values, and the Obama Administration's unilateral concessions to an oppressive Castro regime failed to meet that goal", Gardner said in a statement.

When Obama announced the detente in 2014, he said that decades of USA efforts to achieve change in Cuba by isolating the island had failed and it was time to try a new approach.

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Trump's critics have also questioned why his administration is now singling out Cuba for its human rights record while downplaying the issue in other parts of the world. 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.

Russian Federation said it was reaffirming its "unshakeable solidarity with Cuba".

But the overwhelming majority of the Cuban economy is controlled by the government.

The Cuban leader added that "the USA is not in a position to give us lessons", voicing "serious concerns" on the "numerous cases of murders, brutality and police abuses, the exploitation of child labour, racial discrimination and restrictions on healthcare services".

Rubio, in particular, made Friday's policy announcement about Obama, charging the former president with looking the other way on Cuba's human rights abuses.

"More importantly, as Cuba moves to reform its economy in the post-Castro era, American businesses should be present to lead by example", Marriott's statement said.

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Noting Trump's speech "laden with hostile rhetoric", Cuba said the events in Miami on Friday constituted a "step backwards in the relations between the two countries". He announced the strict rules to the Americans whose wish is to visit Cuba while signing a new National Security Presidential Memorandum. Now, across the street from his statue is Tabanero Cigars, a Cuban shop, where people are buzzing over President Trump's new restrictions on the island nation.

In turn, airlines and US hotel chains began investing resources in Cuba, while chicken, grain and other agricultural producers from the USA exported tons of products to Cuba.

That means that travelers who have already scheduled a trip to Cuba can still move ahead with their plans, as long as the new regulations have not taken effect yet.

"America has rejected the Cuban people's oppressors", Trump said in Miami's Little Havana, the cradle of Cuban-American resistance to Castro's government.

"We can not continue to bring concessions to the Cuban government", he said. Irrespective of the tonal shift from the current occupant of the White House, current travel and business between Cuba and the United States will generally remain unchanged.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, typically supportive of GOP presidents, predicted the changes would limit prospects for "positive change on the island", while Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., said Trump's policy was "misguided" and will hurt the U.S. economically. We received nothing from the Cuban government. "To this day, Cuba is ruled by the same people who killed tens of thousands of their own citizens, who sought to spread their repressive and failed ideology throughout our hemisphere, and who once tried to host enemy nuclear weapons 90 miles from our shores".

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The change could have sweeping implications for US companies, but it is not clear how it will affect existing deals, such as the one struck by Starwood Hotels and Resorts a year ago to manage hotels in Cuba, including one owned by the military conglomerate Gaviota.


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