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After Historic Opening of Relations With Cuba Under Obama, Trump Announces Restrictions on Travel, Trade

“I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” Trump said. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The speech, which came as the President signed a directive outlining his posture toward Cuba, is the latest attempt by the Trump administration to chip away at Obama’s legacy. The previous administration’s easing of restrictions of travel and trade does not help the Cuban people. President Donald Trump waves as he speaks about policy changes he is making toward Cuba at the Manuel Artime Theater in the Little Havana neighborhood on June 16, 2017, in Miami, Florida. “The policy isn’t going to do anything new,” a source from the office of one Cuban American lawmaker complained. The Trump administration will begin strictly enforcing the authorized exemptions that allow travel between the US and Cuba and prohibit commerce with Cuban businesses owned by the military and intelligence services. None of these new regulations take effect immediately, a White House official said, adding that government agencies are expected to officially issue the regulatory amendments in the coming months. President Donald Trump slammed former President Barack Obama’s dealings with the communist regime in Cuba on Friday in Miami, charting his own course of more confrontational relations with the Castro-led 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. We know what is going on and we remember what happened.”
The change is posture, however, is only a partial shift from Obama’s policy. “It’s pretty weak.”

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Trump listed some of the Castro regime’s anti-United States actions, ranging back to the Cuban Missile Crisis, and added, “We will never, ever be blind to it. “We now hold the cards. Obama spent the last two years of his presidency looking to warm relations with Cuba, including a trip to the island in 2016. Casting the Obama administration as people who looked the other way on the Castro regime’s human rights violations, Trump said that he, as President, will “expose the crimes of the Castro regime.”
“They made a deal with a government that spread violence and instability in the region and nothing they got, think about it, nothing they got, they fought for everything and we just didn’t fight hard enough, but now, those days are over,” Trump said.