Corker Statement On Trump Cuba Announcement


President Trump announced at an event in Miami, Friday that he would be effecting changes in US foreign policy toward Cuba effective immediately.

Because more than half-a-million Cubans are self-employed, with many operating retail and service businesses that cater to travellers, they will be hurt by a reduction in demand travel from the US At the same time, our defence and intelligence agencies, senior military officers, retired and active, consistently tell us - and tell the administration - that Cuba is not a security threat.

Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Roque, Vic.

Trump's changes will reverse that, reverting to the previous policy of only allowing group, educational travel.

Trump made the demand for the return of Joanne Chesimard while announcing changes to Obama-era Cuba policy in Miami Friday. This time, he's restricting travel and trade with Cuba, after the Obama administration normalized diplomatic relations and loosened restrictions with the communist-governed island. Mr Trump is now tightening those rules to ensure that those travelling to the country do so with a proper tour group.

America severed ties with Cuba in 1961, shortly after Fidel Castro launched a revolution that toppled a US -friendly government, and the two countries had been at loggerheads ever since.

He has challenged Cuba to "come to the table" to strike a deal that serves both country's interests. "I am not satisfied with the way this was done".

Trump aides said Rubio was "very helpful" to the administration as it spent months reviewing the policy.

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Before the president spoke, a number of Republican leaders spoke about the change and what they want for the future of Cuba. "I think today was a good day". That means US travelers now booked on flights to Cuba in the next few weeks or months could make the trip.

You have to hand it to Donald Trump: he's done a great job of taking almost every unpopular policy position available to him. Julian Martinez, 71 and retired, described Trump words as "extraordinary". "Our embassy remains open in the hope that our countries can forge a much stronger and better path", the President said.

Jonny Lopez De la Cruz, a 77-year-old Bay of Pigs veteran, said he was overcome with "great emotion", adding that the Cuban people deserve freedom after 58 years of suffering. He is available to weigh in on these and other questions related to the historical relationship between the USA and Cuba.

But those who favor a greater opening with Cuba say the president's decision is a setback for improved relations and business.

"We protested during the elections, we protested during the primaries, and now we're here protesting because we're still unsatisfied", said Cesar Falcon, a 56-year-old Miami real estate agent who came to the United States from Cuba in 1968. He approached a reporter at the exiles' luncheon with what called his "controversial point of view". "Open yourselves to political and economic freedoms", he said.

The U.S. severed ties with Cuba in 1961 after Fidel Castro's revolution, and spent subsequent decades trying to either overthrow the Cuban government or isolate the island, including by toughening an economic embargo first imposed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. "Restrictions, the embargo will not bring down the regime".

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