Russian Federation urges Trump to discard 'Cold War' policy on Cuba

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a document after announcing his Cuba policy at the Manuel Artime Theater in the Little Havana neighborhoo

Rubio and other critics of Obama argue that, in lifting the embargo, we have given too much to Cuban President Raul Castro and are receiving far less in return.

Trump on Friday signed a national security presidential memorandum ordering federal agencies to start writing regulations within 30 days to promulgate his new policy restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and a clampdown on U.S. business dealings with the island's military, saying he was canceling former President Barack Obama's "terrible and misguided deal" with Havana.

While the Cuban government's official response to Trump's announcement said that "a$3 ny strategy aimed at changing Cuba's political, economic and social systems, whether through pressure or coercion, or employing more subtle methods, will be doomed to failure", it is by no means excluded that the regime is willing to make a deal.

There's also no change to the policy allowing USA travelers to bring home an unlimited amount of Cuban rum and cigars for personal consumption.

Former commerce secretary under former President George W. Bush, Carlos Gutierrez, says that "Cubans in Cuba will be terribly disheartened" if Trump decides to reverse course.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has criticized President Donald Trump's decision to freeze a detente with Cuba and his verbal attack on the Caribbean island's leaders. In both cases, the decisions were motivated by domestic politics.

Well, Obama may have temporarily empowered Castro through his policy of leading from behind and sending massive amounts of cash to our enemies (think Iran), but his surrogate lost in November 2016. As part of Trump's move, the U.S. State Department will create a list of Cuban entities with military ties so U.S. travelers know the establishments they are now expected to avoid.

Trump's case is no different.

Trump on Friday announced a tougher approach to the Castro regime, rolling back Obama's easing of restrictions on some travel and commercial activity while leaving intact the policies on family visits and remittances. He has praised the rulers of Russia, Egypt and Turkey, and visited Saudi Arabia without uttering a word of criticism of that country's oppression of women or minorities.

"A Cuban small businessman should not be obliged to buy from the only wholesaler that exists now, which is the state", he said.

But Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whose leftist government is Cuba's main regional ally, slammed Trump's tightening of restrictions as an "offence" against Latin America.

And like Obama a few years ago, Trump badly needs a headline showing that he is doing something on the foreign policy front following his fiasco in the Middle East. "What could they menace us with now that they haven't before and failed".

The main reason Trump is now pretending to care about democracy in Cuba is that he has been urged to do so by Florida Sen.

Diaz-Balart, as The Daily Caller originally reported in May, traded his vote on the American Health Care Act to gain concessions from Trump on his Cuba policy.

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

Leading up to the announcement, there are at least five key factors the Trump administration should consider before deciding to roll back current USA regulations on the island nation.

Airports and seaports are exempted from the ban, meaning cruise ship companies and airlines can continue to operate their routes to Cuba.

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