Articles Tagged with Donald Trump

donny-300x169The Trump administration wants to create an “internet task force” to expand information access in Cuba, but not everyone is for the plan. Alan Gross was arrested and jailed in Cuba in the year 2009 for doing his job; he was a United States government contractor employed by USAID – the United States Agency for International Development.

Gross was held until his trial in March of 2011, when he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Released in 2014, he has been a political activist and author ever since. Now, he is speaking out against the Trump administration’s plans for Cuba. Continue reading

tourism-300x169The Cuban tourism industry has gone through some ups and downs throughout the years. During the latter years of the Obama presidency, U.S. travelers enjoyed a great amount of leniency regarding visits to Cuba; in 2017, President Trump rolled back that leniency.

The Trump rollbacks were intended to starve the island nation’s state-run economy of U.S. tourism dollars, increasing pressure for regime change. However, the rollbacks don’t seem to be having their intended effects, as Cuba’s tourism industry continues to thrive.

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cubasolo-300x186Last Wednesday, the State Department announced that it was lowering the severity of the travel alert for Cuba. The new recommendation is that Americans “reconsider” traveling to the island nation.

The announcement comes after a nearly four-month period in which the State Department advised that Americans not travel to Cuba under any circumstances. Tensions are still running high between the two countries after the sonic attacks last September, which prompted the State Department to set the “do not travel” warning.

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la-cuba-20170112-300x169Last Wednesday, the Trump administration announced new restrictions on American travel and trade with Cuba, finally implementing the changes promised months ago when President Trump said that he would reverse Obama-era policies that were meant to improve the relationship between the US and Cuba.

The announcement by the White House comes after diplomatic relations between the two nations have hit a low point in the wake of the United States’ decision to withdraw a majority of its diplomats from Cuba and expel Cuban diplomats from the US in turn.

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trumperFifty-five years after the United States and Russia went to the brink of war over the Cuban Missile Crisis, another critical event in the relationship between the United States and Cuba has been reached as President Trump openly blamed Cuba on Monday for the attacks on US diplomats over the past year.

The announcement by President Trump comes after a fruitless investigation into the attacks by multiple investigative agencies, including the FBI.

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ff-300x169Amidst all of the confusion revolving around the mysterious health ailments experienced by US diplomats and relatives in Cuba over the past few months, the Trump administration has taken an even harder line on US-Cuba relations.

After an announcement last Friday that the US would significantly reduce its embassy staff in Havana, the State Department is expected to announce a new measure this week – the removal of 60 percent of Cuba’s diplomats from Washington, D.C. On Friday, the US announced that it would downsize its embassy staff in Havana indefinitely. The change will pare embassy personnel down from 50 to around 20, while also halting the processing of visas for prospective Cuban travelers to the US .
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cubavisit-300x202Travel companies that organize trips to Cuba for American travelers have reportedly been receiving a lot of questions about President Donald Trump’s new Cuba policy and how the elimination of “people to people” tours to the island and the ban on dealings with military-controlled businesses will affect their travels.

“They say they have been interested in traveling to Cuba and they want to book right now,” Tom Popper, president of InsightCuba, told the Miami Herald. His company organizes tours and plans itineraries for groups traveling to Cuba.

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Raul-Castro-300x200Cuban President Raúl Castro first publicly criticized President Donald Trump’s Mexican wall, along with immigration, trade, and other policies, on March 5. This comes as the Trump administration reviews the fragile relations between the U.S. and Cuba that were glued together by former President Barack Obama.

Castro made the critical remarks at a summit of leftist leaders in Venezuela that was broadcast on Cuban state-run television on Sunday evening. He called Trump’s plan to build a wall along the Mexican border “irrational,” and described his trade policies as “egotistical.”

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