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Rue Bella's Photo Rue Bella 15 June 2017 - 04:53 PM

If Obama did it, Trump will un-do it. Is there any other reason for this action?



Reversing yet another policy move by Barack Obama, President Trump plans to re-institute restrictions on travel to Cuba and U.S. business dealings with entities tied to the Cuban military and intelligence services, officials said Thursday.

Trump's changes, to be announced during a Friday speech in Miami, are not expected to affect the re-establishment of basic diplomatic relations with Cuba, including renewed embassies in the respective country's capitals.

"The new policy centers on the belief that the oppressed Cuban people — rather than the oppressive Castro regime’s military and its subsidiaries — should benefit from American engagement with the island," said a Trump administration statement obtained by USA TODAY.

Supporters of Trump's changes said they are designed to hurt Cuba's communist government economically, and encourage people to rise up against the regime that has been in power since 1959. Obama revived diplomatic relations with Cuba in an effort to ease a half-century of tensions that marked the Cold War, including the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Protesters who support easing restrictions on Cuba — saying that more engagement with the island is a better bet to undermine the regime — are expected to mass outside the theater in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood where Trump is expected to speak.

Nearly five months into office, Trump has reversed Obama on items ranging from business regulations to participation in the Paris climate change agreement.

golden_valley's Photo golden_valley 15 June 2017 - 06:22 PM

Whatever is attributed to Obama must be obliterated. I think most of the Republican legislators are 100% behind him on this policy.

indy's Photo indy 15 June 2017 - 06:42 PM

Seems only fair since Obama undid most of Bush. You know, the whole financial ruin and 'nation-building' thing.

LFC's Photo LFC 19 June 2017 - 11:16 AM

He'll undo what Obama did and then blame him for the outcome. In that respect Trump is pure Republican. He's already at it on Obamacare where his intentional moves to increase insurers' risk is starting to have its intended effect so he's speechifying that it's a failure.

LFC's Photo LFC 04 June 2019 - 01:07 PM

Trump's Cuba tantrum goes full blown supported by the rabid spittle of John Bolton.


The Trump administration on Tuesday ended the most popular forms of U.S. travel to Cuba, banning cruise ships and a heavily used category of educational travel in an attempt to cut off cash to the island’s communist government.

Cruise travel from the U.S. to Cuba began in May 2016 during President Barack Obama’s opening with the island. It has become the most popular form of U.S. leisure travel to the island, bringing 142,721 people in the first four months of the year, a more than 300% increase over the same period last year. For travelers confused about the thicket of federal regulations governing travel to Cuba, cruises offered a simple, one-stop, guaranteed-legal way to travel.

That now appears to be over.

“Cruise ships as well as recreational and pleasure vessels are prohibited from departing the U.S. on temporary sojourn to Cuba effective tomorrow,” the Commerce Department said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The new restrictions are part of a broader effort by the administration of President Donald Trump to roll back the Obama-era efforts to restore normal relations between the United States and Cuba, which drew sharp criticism from the more hardline elements of the Cuban-American community and their allies in Congress.

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton, who declared Cuba part of a “troika of tyranny” along with Nicaragua and Venezuela as he outlined new sanctions in November, said the new policy is intended to deny the Cuban government a vital source of revenue.

“The Administration has advanced the President’s Cuba policy by ending ‘veiled tourism’ to Cuba and imposing restrictions on vessels,” Bolton said on Twitter. “We will continue to take actions to restrict the Cuban regime’s access to U.S. dollars.”