Trump restores restrictions on Cuba

President Donald Trump's announcement Friday that he plans to tighten restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba drew mixed reactions from Colorado lawmakers, with Republican U.S. Sen.

"To the Cuban government, I say, put an end to the abuse of dissidents, release the political prisoners, stop jailing innocent people, open yourselves to political and economic freedoms, return the fugitives from American justice", Trump said.

"If you want Cuba to change and reform, we are doing the opposite of what would be most likely to bring about reforms inside of Cuba", Rhodes added. "Putting America first means exporting what we produce to countries across the globe".

It's for the Cuban people to decide whatever changes are necessary in the island.

By canceling Obama's Cuba deal, the Post reported, Trump could "neutralize a chief rival's ability to gain an early advantage".

Trump tore into former President Barack Obama in front of an audience made up largely of Cuban exiles and their descendants in a theater named for a leader of the failed 1961 USA -backed Bay of Pigs invasion.

April 2009: President Barack Obama lifts restrictions on family travel and the sending of remittances to Cuba. Last week, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to back new sanctions on Russian Federation.

US Senator Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American Republican who represents Florida and its large Cuban population, said the move would drive US visitors to small businesses that actually help individual Cubans to become independent of the regime.

Government denounces new USA restrictions on trade and travel, saying attempts to change its political system will fail.

"You kept your promise; you stand in solidarity with the Cuban people and freedom-loving people everywhere; and you are putting American values and US national security interests first", he said.

The policy change once again raised questions about whether or not Trump has done enough to separate his business interests from his public office.

In turn, airlines and US hotel chains began investing resources in Cuba, while chicken, grain and other agricultural producers from the USA exported tons of products to Cuba.

The United States will oppose actions and resolutions at the United Nations and other worldwide forums to support Cuba and call for an end to the embargo.

"Nicaragua will continue to denounce the criminal blockade of the United States against Cuba, condemned by all countries of the world", the government said. But because Cuban rules requires tour groups to have government guides and use state-run tour buses, the requirement has given the Cuban government near-total control of travelers' itineraries and funneled much of their spending to state enterprises.

In a contentious internal debate, some aides argued that Trump, a former real estate magnate who won the presidency promising to unleash USA business and create jobs, would have a hard time defending any moves that close off the Cuban market.

Vanessa Coleman