HAVANA, June 19th (CNN) “These measures reinforce our patriotism,” Rodriguez said, giving the clearest signal yet that the Cuban government would meet Trump’s harder line with their own tough talk.
Many of the changes that President Barack Obama made to Cuban policy, including restoring diplomatic relations and re-establishing direct flight service, will remain under Trump’s Cuba policy, which bars Americans and US companies from any transactions that benefit the Cuban military.
However, Trump’s criticism of the Cuban government for human rights abuses and the lack of multi-party elections made it clear that the thawing relations between the US and Cuba had stopped.
Trump’s new policy is designed to hit the Cuban military, which controls a large part of the island’s economy, including hotels, supermarkets and tour bus companies.
Over the weekend, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, a Cuban-American who lobbied Trump to toughen Cuba policy, said the Cuban military has such a wide reach that it could make much of the island’s economy off limits to Americans.