Cuban foreign minister: 'We have the patience' to wait out Trump

Places are reserved for journalists in the hearing room ahead of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Hart Senate Office Building

The "wet foot, dry foot" policy, which once let most Cuban migrants stay if they made it to US soil but was terminated under Obama, will remain terminated. Efforts to paint Raul as a reformer were laughable and unsuccessful.

Cuba denounced these new measures as "hardening the embargo" and said they would fail.

Mr. Flake is one of those who wanted to leave the policy of the Obama administration in place with respect to Havana. Repeating his absurd claim that the deal to reopen diplomatic relations and allow U.S. companies to operate on the island was "one-sided" and "terrible and misguided", the Trump administration is speaking not only for wealthy, right-wing Cuban exiles who were part of his base. The unflinching tyrant continued as a devoted Communist: "Today, despite the difficulties, we have embarked on the task of updating our economic model in order to build a prosperous and sustainable Socialism". The response of the American people might be more surprising and may matter more to decision makers in D.C.

The Cuban military regime's human rights record is a key factor in Trump's decision to reverse Obama's policies that ended decades of the embargo.

They predicted the days of the Castro regime are numbered.

"Unfortunately, progress under the new policy has not materialized".

Machinery manufacturer Caterpillar Inc., whose then-CEO Doug Oberhelman traveled to Cuba past year to lay groundwork for sales in the country, also signaled displeasure with Trump's action.

Global human rights groups say, however, that renewed US efforts to isolate the island could worsen the situation by empowering Cuban hard-liners.

But Trump left in place many of Obama's changes, including the reopened USA embassy in Havana, even as he sought to show he was making good on a campaign promise to take a tougher line against Cuba, especially over its human rights record. American imperialism's most rapacious layers see a Cuban economic collapse on the horizon and an opportunity to take back their old property without having to give a cut to the Cuban leadership and their associates. Cuba previously received about 4 percent of Venezuela's oil exports, but shipments were paused for an eight-month period which ended in May, according to Reuters reports that examined shipping documents.

The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation - an independent group that lacks authorization and is considered illegal by the government - received more than 7,900 reports of arbitrary detentions from January through August previous year, according to Human Rights Watch.

The changes are meant to cut off cash to Cuban leader Raúl Castro's regime, which controls about 60 percent of the island's economy through military-run enterprises, and pressure the Cuban government to let the nascent private sector grow. Sure that sounds exactly like a reformer in action responding to US leadership, right?

The MSC Opera cruise ship docked at the port of Havana. The reopening of the US Embassy in Havana after 54 years signaled a willingness of both sides to start working through their differences. "We would urge the Trump administration to support the Cuban people".

US policy towards Cuba has always been an obstacle to improved USA relations with other Latin American countries. The effort took place "with Trump's knowledge" through a US consulting firm, the magazine said. Who is among Cuba's top trading partners?

On the other hand, Trump did not close down the USA embassy in Havana, which Obama re-established in 2015, nor did he cancel US flights and cruises to Cuba. A September 30th piece declared, "Cuban-Russian relations at their strongest since the demise of the Soviet Union".

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