Trump's Cuba Policy a Lost Opportunity for Agriculture

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Cuba's foreign minister rejected President Donald Trump's new policy toward the island, saying Monday that "we will never negotiate under pressure or under threat" and refusing to return USA fugitives who have received asylum in Cuba.

- Trump's new restriction to only allow Americans to visit Cuba as part of a tour group received 44 percent support, while 32 percent opposed and 24 percent were not sure.

In the Miami meeting, Trump said that "effective immediately, I'm canceling completely the one-sided deal with Cuba", but he announced the US Embassy would remain open on the island and didn't mention anything about the island nation's embassy in the US, which is in Washington.

Last Friday, the president announced he would roll back Obama administration policies that allowed private US businesses to engage in financial transactions with the Cuban military, which controls a share of the country's tourism and hotel sector.

Trump on Friday had demanded her return in exchange for any new agreements with Cuba.

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The Cuban government said the Trump administration's demand that it release all US fugitives like convicted cop killer Joanne Chesimard, is a no-go.

Bishop Cantu, speaking in his role with the US bishops, urged that President Trump consider the ramifications that his order's implementing regulations will have for "many ordinary Cubans who have taken advantage of new opportunities to support their families".

Marriott, which acquired Starwood a year ago to become the world's largest hotel company, received USA treasury approval to do business in Cuba in 2016.

Bishop Cantu's statement said: "The fruits of investment in Cuba should benefit individuals and families, and not the security forces".

The Trump administration announced it is planning to hold President Raúl Castro's notoriously repressive regime to higher human rights standards before allowing further dialogue regarding opening the island to normalized United States relations.

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