President Trump Announces Rollback on Obama-era Cuba Sanctions Easing

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"I was excited not only because it is the closest Caribbean island to the USA, but it also opens a window into a new culture".

The annual United Nations resolution condemning the US embargo is deeply embarrassing, and Latin American countries are particularly sick of a half-century of a failed policy on Cuba - as if this president hasn't already done enough to insult our neighbors with his immigration rhetoric and policies.

For its part, the Cuban government reacted slowly in revising its own policies, laws, and regulations to fully accept and implement the limited relaxation that the USA rules authorized.

President Trump's move asks the U.S. Secretary of State to launch a task force concerning the expansion of internet access in Cuba and to repeat the U.S. opposition to United Nations efforts to lift the embargo on Cuba until more is done to address human rights concerns.

Because of that, Trump has restored some, but not all, of the economic and travel restrictions in place before Obama's action. There will be no restrictions on Americans bringing Cuba-produced products like rum and cigars out of the country.

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"I would like to see Cuba and the Cuban people benefit from the economic development and opportunities that we all get, and I am also one who believes that a strong Cuba is good for the rest of the Caribbean", he added. The other change the president talked about involved U.S. companies that do business with military on the island.

The "Better Deal for Cuba Policy" is a carefully tailored policy that allows America to continue interaction with Cuba on diplomatic and national security issues, as well as limited economic interaction, but prevents American dollars from going towards GAESA, the Cuban military's holding-company which controls large parts of the tourism, retail, and overall economy.

He added that the freedoms of American citizens for travel are also restricted, and opportunities for U.S. companies and entrepreneurs are reduced in the face of competition, coupled with the loss of income and employment that this would generate. Trump said in his speech that he wants the island to hold free and open elections, as well as release political prisoners.

"For decades, we have called for the ban and embargo against Cuba to be lifted", he continued in a June 19 statement.