Rodriguez Zapatero Worried About Trump's Announcements on Cuba

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

Cuba's foreign minister rejected President Donald Trump's new policy toward the island, saying Monday that "we will never negotiate under pressure or under threat" and refusing to return USA fugitives who have received asylum in Cuba. "We have never done in the history of the revolution". U.S. -Cuba diplomatic relations will continue, and the governments' respective embassies in Washington and Cuba will remain open.

However, the Cuban government is not interested Trump and his demands.

"Today's announcement is a step in the right direction to reverse an ill-advised and misguided Cuba policy that has failed to deliver on its promises, left the Cuban people worse off, and allowed American fugitives, like wanted terrorist and cop-killer Joanne Chesimard, to escape justice", Menendez said.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has urged the Trump administration to make Chesimard's return to the United States part of any change in Cuba policy.

At the same time, Bishop Cantu suggested the president look to Pope Francis.

The only buyer of US agricultural goods in Cuba is called Alimport, a state-run entity that isn't connected to the business arm of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, known as GAESA.

The changes will make it much harder for Americans to travel to Cuba, Ward said, and the burden of complying will be placed on American travelers and on the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which administers and enforces the regulations. While officials said Mr. Trump's intent is "not to disrupt existing transactions that have [already] occurred", other USA hotel companies may have missed the window to enter the Cuban market.

"It is important to continue to promote dialogue and encounter between our neighboring nations and peoples", Bishop Cantu said. "The fruits of investment in Cuba should benefit individuals and families, and not the security forces".

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