Tougher Trump line toward Cuba delights hardliners on island

Hundreds of millions of USA dollars flowed into privately owned businesses in Cuba, The Associated Press reported, spurring the growth of a nascent middle-class that could thrive independent from the government.

Trump's hostile language toward the Castro government and his literal onstage embrace of Cuban-American exiles and Cuban dissidents has unmasked the United States' true intentions toward Cuba and made it easier for the government to instill unity across Cuban society, pro-government figures said Saturday. USA airlines and cruise ships would still be allowed to service the island.

White House officials also said it's the category most ripe for abuse, with Americans using it to skirt the tourism ban. American businesses, including airlines, cruise lines, and telecommunications companies, earned 26 agreements with the Cuban government from 2015 to 2017.

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. "Our new policy begins with strictly enforcing USA law", he told a cheering crowd in Miami's Little Havana, the spiritual home of the Cuban- American community.

Trump has spent more weekends away from Washington than not. Before, the United States always voted against the U.N. resolution.

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Looking at the possible prospects of this situation, the analyst noted that the Cubans have already expressed their readiness for negotiations with the U.S., but they will not make any big concessions. "We know what's going on and we remember what happened".

President Donald Trump's announcement of a tougher line toward Cuba has delighted hard-liners on the island, who say it reveals the long-held US aim of imposing American will on Cuba and justifies their wariness toward Washington. He said Trump's policy may put USA national security at risk as strategic competitors move to fill the vacuum the uncoupling could create.

Well, for starters, none of Trump's reforms take effect immediately.

Just over one year ago, Obama took the stage at a theater in Havana, with Castro in attendance, to reject that thinking and declare that he meant to "bury the last vestige of the Cold War" and "leave behind the ideological battles of the past".

The venue is named after a leader of the failed US-backed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961 against Fidel Castro's revolutionary government.

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He further said that recently Trump found an excuse to "pause" bilateral relations with Cuba.

Tillerson had privately expressed support for Obama's Cuba policy during the transition, according to sources.

As a private citizen, Trump criticized the effort.

Mexico's foreign ministry urged the United States and Cuba to resolve their differences "via dialogue". "His speech was aggressive and threatening, ... revealing his contempt and ignorance", President Nicolas Maduro said in a speech.

Many government officials and their supporters saw the Obama policy as an attempt to lull Cuba into complacency and undermine the foundations of a communist system based in part of near-total control of virtually every aspect of society, from animal-rights groups to the film industry. "It is an offense against Latin America". "The previous administration's easing of restrictions of travel and trade does not help the Cuban people". But the Republican leadership in Congress has long blocked such a move, and it appears unlikely to budge. Among the conditions a transition government in Cuba must meet are: legalization of all political activity; release of all political prisoners; dissolution of the present Department of State Security - including the Committees for Defense of the Revolution; a public commitment to organize free and fair elections for a new government that will be held in a period not to exceed 18 months; stopping any interference with Radio or TV Martí broadcasts; and establishment of an independent judiciary and independent trade unions.

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In contentious deliberations leading up to the new policy, some aides argued that Trump, a former real estate magnate who won the presidency vowing to unleash USA business, would have a hard time defending any moves that close off the Cuban market.

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