Cuba rejects new US policy, calls it 'archaic'

While tourism to Cuba is banned by usa law, the Obama administration had been allowing people to travel to Cuba as part of "people to people" educational trips for visitors, a popular classification that a White House official said was "ripe for abuse" by those looking for beach vacations.

Among the few Cubans on the island who praised Trump was Berta Soler, a leader of the dissident group Ladies in White who said she was prevented by the government from flying to Miami to attend the speech in person. 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.

Cuba's 1,470-word statement Friday night labelled Trump a hypocrite for calling on Cuba to improve human rights, saying the United States government "is threatening more limits on health care that would leave 23 million people without insurance. and marginalises immigrants and refugees, particular those from Islamic countries". The administration will adopt still-unspecified, but inevitably difficult-to-enforce, measures to block the flow of dollars from USA travelers and businesses to companies through which Mr. Castro's military controls the Cuban economy's most profitable sectors.

Few areas of the city have been so physically and economically transformed by the easing of restrictions as the touristy part of Old Havana, a major beneficiary as the number of American visitors to the island has grown threefold.

The action stirred objections from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the country's largest business lobbying organization, which has otherwise backed much of Trump's agenda. Still, Cuba said it is willing to continue "respectful dialogue" with on topics of mutual interest.

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, Trump said.

"The last two years have shown that the two countries can cooperate and coexist in a civilized way", it said. For more than a decade, a diverse coalition that includes worldwide educators has advocated for opening relations with Cuba.

However, the new directive appears to stop short of a full reversal of key diplomatic measures concerning commercial trade.

According to a CBS News/New York Times poll from 2016, a majority of Americans now support ending the embargo with Cuba, a policy enacted by President John F. Kennedy during the height of the Cold War.

Only group trips will be permitted, and they must "must maintain a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that are meant to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people's independence from Cuban authorities". This will essentially shield USA airlines and cruise lines serving the island. In addition, he said, they could lead to a strategic problem, as Russian Federation and China have moved to expand their military and economic cooperation with Cuba.

"President Trump's announcement will put further pressure on the airlines".

The lengthy statement went on to strike a conciliatory tone, saying Cuba wants to continue negotiations with the United States on a variety of subjects. "We were very concerned about any potential changes, given how popular Cuba itineraries have proven to be with our guests, and we view this as a win for the cruise industry, our valued guests and travel partners".

Castro also said that "the USA is not in a position to give us lessons". Trump will also exempt banking transactions and fees, allowing Americans to continue to rent private properties such as those offered through AirBnB.

The Cuban government maintained that the new policies would not work, comparing it to the economic embargo that never ushered the Castro regime out of power as the US had hoped.

Cruise Lines will continue to send cruise ships to Cuba after the Trump Administration tightened policy changes towards the Caribbean nation.

However, none of the proposed changes brought forward Friday can go into effect until the U.S. Treasury Department issues updated regulations, a process that could take several months. Trump's order simply instructs his administration to begin drafting new rules within 30 days, with no set timeline for completion.

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".

In practical terms, Mr. Trump's review of the deal was limited. "It tacitly accepts that the framework of the relationship with Cuba will be with diplomatic relations, with engagement, with conversations", he said.