President Donald Trump did not make any happy among the Republicans by canceling certain policies of the Obama era against Cuba, while some elected representatives of Congress saw in this option the possibility of entering a lucrative market of goods and services.
According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 75 percent of Americans support improved links between Havana and Washington. Then-President Barack Obama eliminated the tour requirement, allowing tens of thousands of Americans to book solo trips.
When asked about a new possible deal with the Trump administration, Rodriguez said the best deal would be to lift the blockade and return to Cuba the territory of Guantanamo, the site of a USA military prison since 2002 and first occupied as a US naval base in 1898.
"It looks like revisiting the same policy that didn't work for 50 years - it is a failed policy", Rodriguez said. One of the changes in the rules would prohibit Americans from traveling to Cuba through the so-called "people-to-people" cultural exchanges. It is also likely that there will be more strict enforcement of OFAC regulations on returning travelers, particularly those traveling individually, and requests for proof of activities and expenditures. Cruise ships and airlines will also be exempted.
NCL and Royal Caribbean are also sailing into Cuba.
Trump has ordered for a new a draft regarding business dealings with Cuban military regime-affiliated companies and will restrict some travel agreements.
The foreign ministry said any USA strategy aimed at applying pressure to bring about change to Cuba's political, economic and social system would fail. "This represents a step backwards and a strong attack on the freedom of travel", said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. "Many US companies have started to invest in and do business with Cuba in view of the enormous potential of Cuban tourism, which other countries will surely continue to benefit from", he added. In fact, the Castros remain in power even though the United States tried this approach for over half a century.
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As a part of the deal forged with Cuban President Raul Castro, Obama eased economic and trade restrictions that dated back to the US embargo on Cuba that began in the 1960s. The goal is to halt the flow of US cash to the country's military and security services in a bid to increase pressure on Cuba's government.
While President Trump is not overturning all of President Obama's Cuba policy reforms - the US Embassy will remain open - he will roll back the liberalization of travel restrictions and make it very hard for American firms to do business in Cuba. "This is a clear and unwelcome reversal". US airlines and cruise ships would still be allowed to service the island.
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Louisiana leaders expected to grab most of the US trade market with Cuba if restrictions were lifted-an expected $500 million to $600 million for Louisiana over the first five years, much of that in agriculture products like rice, soybeans and poultry.
Russian Federation regrets the high degree of anti-Cuban sentiment in the United States with Foreign Minister spokeswoman Maria Zakharova writing on Facebook that "over the last decades each new USA administration has been canceling the basic foreign policy solutions of the previous one".
The changes Trump announced include a ban on Americans doing business with the military and intelligence-affiliated companies that control large swaths of the Cuban economy. "I don't expect it's going to impact the ability to sell". He does not believe that we have enemies only because we create them. "Exposure between people not only fosters understanding, but robs governments of the narrative that 'those people are evil'".