Cuba rejects new US policy, saying pressure will not work

The head of Cuban diplomacy also referred to the measures that ban US citizens from traveling to Cuba as tourists, which 'restrict the civil liberties of citizens'.

A trio of lawmakers - two Republicans and one Democrat - welcomed President Donald Trump's new policy on Cuba. "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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"The changes he announced will assist Cubans struggling for liberty by ensuring that US policy toward Cuba actually benefits the Cuban people".

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Confusion remains about what will be allowed and whether individual visitors could simply come in under the "support for the Cuban people" category now. "In the Constitution of Cuba, it is said that we will never negotiate under pressure or threats", he said.

Polls showed that most Americans - even many Miami exiles - agreed that the USA embargo on Cuba was outdated.

But the trouble with that hodge-podge of measures is that even if they don't end up doing much economic damage to the Cuban dictatorship, they will give Cuba new ammunition to proclaim itself a victim of "U.S. aggression". "Return the fugitives from American justice - including the return of the cop-killer Joanne Chesimard", he added, in reference to the Black Liberation Army activist who was granted asylum in Cuba in 1984 and remains on the FBI's "most wanted terrorists" list. Unfortunately, today's moves actually limit the possibility for positive change on the island and risk ceding growth opportunities to other countries that, frankly, may not share America's interest in a free and democratic Cuba that respects human rights. Repeating his absurd claim that the deal to reopen diplomatic relations and allow United States companies to operate on the island was "one-sided" and "terrible and misguided", the Trump administration is speaking not only for wealthy, right-wing Cuban exiles who were part of his base. He said that the US President's rollback would strengthen Cuban patriotism. That decision to normalize relations with Cuba and begin removing sanctions ended a decades-long freeze of diplomatic ties with the Communist government.

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The stunning property, in a renovated Belle Epoque mall, opened this month billing itself as Cuba's first luxury hotel, with a vast spa, rooftop terrace and cigar lounge.

Moreover, Obama's efforts allowed Americans to use credit and debit cards in the country and to send money to relatives in Cuba from the United States.

"Caterpillar believes that engagement with Cuba continues to represent a strong opportunity - not just for American businesses, but to serve as a powerful tool for change", the company said in a statement emailed to reporters that avoided direct criticism of the president. According to him, the president's policy could put national security at risk while other competitors will try to fill the gap left by the Americans.

The State Department - which saw over 99 percent of campaign contributions go to Trump's electoral opponent in Hillary Clinton - is not only embedded wholly with leftists (who are nearly impossible to fire, due to an unreformed civil service), but with individuals that appear to be loyal to the past president. "We all know that Raúl Castro and the leadership in Cuba will be fine".

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