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Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro took in a baseball game in Cuba in 2016

Cuba denounces Trump’s policy rollback

WT24 Desk

Cuba’s government has denounced US President Donald Trump’s decision to roll back on policy changes towards the island nation.

However, it says it will still co-operate with its larger neighbour, BBC reports.

Speaking earlier in Miami, Florida, Mr Trump said he was reimposing certain travel and trade restrictions eased by the Obama administration, condemning a “completely one-sided deal”.

But he is not reversing key diplomatic and commercial ties. “The government of Cuba denounces the new measures toughening the embargo,” Cuban state TV said. But it also reiterated “its willingness to continue the respectful dialogue and cooperation”.

Barack Obama attempted to thaw relations by loosening trade and tourism bans. President Trump says his new policy will tighten rules on travel and on sending funds to Cuba.

Announcing the changes on Friday, he cited human rights concerns, saying doing a deal with the “brutal” Castro government was “terrible” and “misguided”. Later that night, Cuban state news was also talking tough.

“Any strategy aimed at changing the political, economic and social system in Cuba – whether by pressure or imposition or through more subtle means – is destined to fail,” it said.

However, President Trump is not rowing back on all parts of Obama’s deal.  He will not close the US embassy in Havana, commercial flights from the US will continue, and Americans will still be able to return home with Cuban goods.

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