In a statement, Myron Brilliant, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said the new rules limit the "possibility for positive change on the island and risk ceding growth opportunities to other countries that, frankly, may not share America's interest in a free and democratic Cuba that respects human rights".
President Donald Trump has demanded that Cuba return a woman convicted in the murder of a New Jersey state trooper.
In a statement, ASA Vice President and Iowa farmer John Heisdorffer pointed to the lost potential for American soybean farmers in Cuba as the United States takes a step back in its effort to increase opportunities for trade with the island nation. So, what is being proved yet again is the fact that neither Democrats nor Republicans have the faintest idea about how to deal with Cuba, and I'm not only referring to the government but to the Cuban people in general.
The US administration's new policy toward Cuba indicates a return to the Cold War, and Washington needs to listen to the worldwide community's voice on this issue, Russia's Foreign Ministry said.
'There are many and systematic murders, brutality and abuses by the police, particularly against African-Americans, ' said the Cuban foreign minister at a press conference in this capital, where he referred to the recent measures announced by U.S. President Donald Trump to tighten the economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba.
Carnival Corporation, meanwhile, said it is "pleased" that the policy changes "will allow our ships to continue to sail to Cuba" and plans to expand its offewrings.
Trump declared Friday he was restoring some travel and economic restrictions on Cuba that were lifted as part of the Obama administration's historic easing.
If you want to travel to Cuba or invest in Cuba, your actions must benefit the ordinary Cuban people. Cuba's gross domestic product shrank by about one percent previous year, and the country is trying to make significant reforms, like changing its dual-currency system. "The US government doesn't have the moral authority to give lessons on human rights or democracy". But the US government preventing Americans from traveling and spending their own money wherever they wish is itself a violation of basic human rights. The restrictions aim to divert support from the military regime to the Cuban people, as reported byCNBC.
It went on to cite police killings and brutality, racial discrimination, child labor, high numbers of firearm deaths, a goal of imposing a new USA healthcare system that would leave 23 million Americans without health insurance, salary inequality between men and women, the marginalization of refugees and migrants, the desire to wall out the Mexican neighbors of the United States, and the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Due to the Cuban embargo, Americans are not allowed to spend money in Cuba without a license from the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
Rubio and other critics of Obama argue that, in lifting the embargo, we have given too much to Cuban President Raul Castro and are receiving far less in return.
Nevertheless, his policies reflect the view that the long-standing project of destabilizing Venezuela may soon bear fruit, which would include undermining its ability to subsidize the Cuban economy through its supply of cheap oil.
The President's decision last week was not without controversy in the United States.
Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at conservative Washington think tank The Heritage Foundation, applauded Trump's emphasis on human rights and democracy in Cuba, telling NBC News that the ongoing repression there was a "global outrage and a shame".
Essentially, the largest United States companies are being shielded from legal liability, with the burden being placed most directly on individual travelers, in a move that can only be seen as an attempt to put a chill on the individual travel market and discourage those who would like to visit the island that is less than 100 miles off the U.S. mainland.