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Raul-Castro-300x200Cuban President Raul Castro dismissed President Donald Trump’s harder line on relations with Havana to Cuba’s National Assembly on Friday, calling it a setback.

“Any strategy that seeks to destroy the revolution either through coercion or pressure or through more subtle methods will fail,” said Castro.

This was the first time he has commented on Trump’s June announcement of a rollback of some of the changes established by former President Barack Obama.

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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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Cruise-Ship-300x183U.S. business owners with dealings in Cuba were relieved after President Donald Trump outlined his new Cuba policy last week because it might not have a big impact on their ventures. Some have reportedly paused all business with the island until they see how Trump’s changes will be implemented and what new regulations they will require.

Lawyers who help corporations navigate the regulations and laws imposed by the embargo have been going through every detail of the memorandum Trump signed on June 16 as well as a White House fact sheet and the answers to some frequently-asked questions issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to get a feel of the new policy. That is all the lawyers have to go on until the new rules are written. Trump mandated that the writing process begin by next month.

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1303-Trump-Cuba-061617-300x214Cuban officials have released an official response to President Donald Trump’s June 16 speech in Miami that reinstated restrictions on travel and banned dealings with businesses owned or controlled by the Cuban military.

The statement noted Trump’s “hostile rhetoric” and said the U.S. was in no position to lecture Cuba on human rights. However, it also confirmed Cuba’s continued willingness to collaborate with the U.S.

“The Government of Cuba reiterates its will to continue a respectful and cooperative dialogue on topics of mutual interest, as well as negotiations of outstanding issues with the US Governement,” the statement said.

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Donald-Trump-at-Bay-of-Pigs-300x200President Donald Trump is to announce a plan on Friday to tighten U.S. policy toward Cuba by adding travel restrictions for Americans traveling to the island and banning U.S. companies from doing business with enterprises controlled by the Cuban military, White House officials said on Thursday.

Trump’s changes are intended to cut off cash flow to the Castro regime by banning business deals with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), a government-controlled conglomerate involved in all sectors of the Cuban economy, in an attempt to pressure Cuba’s leaders to allow the island’s private sector to grow. Exceptions will be made for sea and air travel, which means U.S. cruise lines and airlines serving the island won’t be affected by the directive.

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Donald-Trump-300x200President Donald Trump is expected to travel to Miami this Friday to unveil his administration’s revised U.S.-Cuba policy, the Miami Herald reports.

The location of the event has not yet been announced, but Miami has long been an enclave for Cuban exiles. Unveiling the policy changes there suggests that it’ll please the hardline Cuban-Americans whose support helped Trump win the Presidential vote in Florida.

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Bill-Nelson-300x163U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio are reportedly lobbying the Trump administration to get compensation from Cuba for Americans whose property was confiscated when the communist government nationalized industries and utilities.

“The U.S. Foreign Claims Settlement Commission (FCSC) has certified more than 5,900 claims against the Cuban Government for stolen property. These claims—now valued at approximately $8 billion—remain unresolved,” the letter said.

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Cruise-Ship-300x183An economic impact analysis by Engage Cuba claims that airlines and cruise lines will lose $3.5 billion and over 10,000 jobs over the course of President Trump’s first term if he undoes all the changes made to U.S.-Cuba policy by former President Obama. Trump is expected to amend the changes Obama began instating from December 2014, but the full scope of his plans for the island have yet to be seen.

The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit’s report assumes the worst-case scenario in which the Trump administration rolls back the entire U.S. regulatory regime toward Cuba, including legalized travel for U.S. citizens and residents, licenses for certain exports, expanded remittances, and the end of the so-called “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy.

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Donald-Trump-at-Bay-of-Pigs-300x200President Donald Trump gave his “warmest wishes” to Cuban Americans on the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Cuban republic and promised to help Cubans on the island gain a government that respects democracy. His statement did not clarify his administration’s policy toward the island nation.

“The Cuban people deserve a government that peacefully upholds democratic values, economic liberties, religious freedoms, and human rights, and my administration is committed to achieving that vision,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House.

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Donald-Trump-300x200Four months after he was sworn in, President Donald Trump has yet to  undo former President Barack Obama’s Cuba policies. After much anticipation that an announcement on changes will be made this week, Trump has reportedly still not chosen a course of action, White House officials said.

The White House had wanted to unveil his plan on May 20 to commemorate the 115th anniversary of Cuba’s independence, but the president is beginning his international trip on Friday and the review of the policy changes the Obama administration made has still not been concluded, The Miami Herald reports.

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