Trump to announce plan to stop cash flow to Cuban military

Trump to announce plan to stop cash flow to Cuban military

In a statement read out on the evening news Friday, the Cuban Communist government said Trump was resorting to "coercive methods of the past" that hurt the Cuban people and prevented economic development but would not weaken the revolution. However, the government also made it clear that it is willing to continue "respectful dialogue" and cooperation with Washington on issues of mutual interest.

The moved allowed for more Americans to travel to Cuba, with United States air carriers marketing commercial flights direct to the island and cruise ships to port in the nation.

According to a White House statement, the new rules will prohibit individual travel to Cuba and look to limit payment flows to state-owned companies operated by Cuban military organisation Grupo de Administración Empresarial (GAESA).

Trump's revised approach calls for stricter enforcement of a longtime ban on Americans going to Cuba as tourists, and seeks to prevent U.S. dollars from being used to fund what the Trump administration sees as a repressive military-dominated government.

The President said it was hard to think of a policy "that makes less sense than the prior administration's awful and misguided deal" with the "brutal" Castro government. And there will be no further restrictions on the types of goods that Americans can take out of Cuba, including the country's popular rum and cigars.

He came from Cuba in 1994 and he hasn't been back since, because he thinks any kind of travel there will just "inject money into the system", he said.

Members of Congress who favor closer U.S. -Cuba ties have urged Trump to maintain Obama's approach.

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Granma, the official organ of Cuba's Communist Party, described Trump's declarations in real-time blog coverage Friday as "a return to imperialist rhetoric and unilateral demands".

As it stands, the US officially recognizes the Cuban government.

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

The Cuban leader added that "the U.S. 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".

However, President Trump is not rowing back on all parts of Obama's deal.

Also not expected are any changes to U.S. regulations governing what items Americans can bring back from Cuba, including the rum and cigars produced by state-run enterprises.

But in Cuba, cutting out the armed forces means undermining the tourism sector, which is largely controlled by GAESA but also supports many small, private businesses. "The Cuban people are the ones that are going to be harmed, the ones that are going to suffer".

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"The United States is in no condition to give us lessons", the Cuban statement said.

The changes that Trump has announced will have an impact on the Cuban economy within three months, once the new regulations are put in place. However, individual travel to Cuba will be stopped by the new rules.

Mr. Trump flew to Miami's Little Havana, spiritual home of the Cuban-American community, to denounce his predecessor's "one-sided" settlement and pledge to work for Cuba's freedom.

-President Trump, speaking in MiamiWhat's new about Trump's recently announced Cuba policy? We received nothing from the Cuban government. Refusing to negotiate domestic reforms in exchange for USA concessions is perhaps the most fundamental plank of Cuba's policy toward the U.S.

The decision follows Trump's action pulling the United States away from the Paris climate change agreement, and after he signed a multi-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, both decisions that have led to complaints from both sides of the aisle.

The new policy will ban most USA business transactions with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), a sprawling conglomerate involved in all sectors of the economy, but make some exceptions, including for air and sea travel, the officials said.

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