President Trump recently reversed some of the Cuba policies put in place by the previous administration. The policy one of the key signature of his predecessor’s administration. During the campaign the president had promised to roll back some of the policies. Meanwhile some conservatives members of his party in the congress have welcomed the Trump’s partial roll-back of President Barack Obama’s policy while few other republican lawmakers, criticized the action stating that the president’s decision was simply misguided and isolationist and urged him to ease barriers in Havana which is poised to boost trade and create jobs in both
countries. Many have opposed his rolling back of Obama’s outreach to cuba.
One of the lawmakers who made his views known was the Sen. Jeff Flake, a frequent critic of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. According to his statement any policy change “that diminishes the ability of Americans to travel freely to Cuba is not in the best interests of the United States or the Cuban people.”
The new Trump policy risks cutting off a major source of income for Cuba’s private business sector, which the policy is intended to support.
Most of Cubans livelihoods depend on travel and tourism. For decades previous US administrations have placed an embargo on trade with Cuba. The embargo placed by previous US administration, limits American businesses from conducting business with Cuban interests, and has been seen as the most enduring trade embargo in modern history until the Obama’s administration.
Towards the twilight of the Obama’s administration, he released the sanction in a historical event, but all that seems to be on the verge of been wiped out by the Trump administration.
The Trump administration has already given new conditions for carrying out trade with the country. It is uncertain if the cuba government will accept his conditions. While the relationship between the United states and Cuba becomes tensed with the new Trump policy, the cuba people are the ones to suffer from this conflict as in the past. Despite the existence of the embargo, the United States still remains the fifth largest exporter to Cuba.
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