Cubans brace for worst as Trump takes aim at Obama opening

Cubans brace for worst as Trump takes aim at Obama opening

I don't usually feel sorry for Central American heads of state.

Still, those counseling Trump - many of them from Florida - view the Cuban military as the bogeyman.

But for those in the tourism industry, that has benefited tangibly from a threefold increase in USA visitors in the past two years, it is a different story. The wealthy, authoritarian right-winger is wanted back in Panama for pilfering millions of dollars intended for the poor and using it to spy on opponents.

Nonetheless, Tillerson said, "We think we have achieved very little in terms of changing the behavior of the regime in Cuba and its treatment of people, and it has little incentive today to change that".

The bar, which serves cocktails with a view over the capital while DJs spin electronic sets, was created in part to cater to a tourist boom in the wake of the U.S. It could make Americans, or at least South Floridians, more aware of how critical Central America's economic and security recovery is to the USA, from trade to drugs to immigration.

In Miami, a Bay of Pigs veterans group, Brigade 2506, sent out a statement expressing hope that when Trump appears before them on Friday in a scheduled visit to the city, he will announce major changes to Obama's U.S. -Cuba policy.

The President's Cuba tidings could be more severe than previously imagined.

Research from Engage Cuba estimates that a reversal of current policy could set the USA economy back by as much as $6.6 billion and jeopardize almost 12,300 American jobs over the course of the Trump administration's first term. "Americans disproportionately are supporting the private sector in Cuba more than any other country does". "The people in Cuba are starting to see their lives change, they want it to go faster".

Cuba watchers say barring the kind of permission US companies like Starwood Hotels recently secured tacitly makes it verboten again for USA business to do anything that remotely smacks of handing hard currency to the Castro regime.

Roads around Miami are already showing signs of increased security for Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Florida International University on Thursday for a conference on Central American policy.

"If they don't allow USA tourism to come into Cuba, it may affect the majority of private Cuban businesses", Rodriguez said. According to surveys by Pew Research Center -the most recent one from December 2016-an increasing majority of Americans (73 percent) favors ending the trade embargo against Cuba. A great deal. But Central America matters too.

That's heretical talk in Miami, where officials do everything but staple notices to our property tax bills reminding us Cuba is the most important foreign policy issue in the history of mankind.

"Trump doesn't care about human rights anywhere".

"They are entitled to a military and are not a threat to us", said Tom Popper, president of New York-based travel company Insight Cuba. That's largely why they become undocumented immigrants to the U.S. Pence, who will also be accompanied by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, is expected to give the keynote speech at the event and remain in Miami through Trump's speech Friday.

The best way is to continue the nearly $1 billion social investment in the region that Obama started.

"It would represent a throwback to policies that date to the Cold War", the LA Times reports. And steal the spotlight from where it ought to be shining.

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