Trump's Adjustment To U.S. Policy Toward Cuba Draws Reaction

Published: Friday, June 16, 2017 - 5:06pm

Reaction is coming from here in Arizona to President Trump’s adjustment to U.S. policy toward Cuba.

Stopping short of reversal, President Trump announced the U.S. would maintain diplomatic relations and that airlines and cruise ships would still be allowed to service the island.

But there are new restrictions on individual travel to Cuba and an attempt to altering the flow of U.S. cash to the country's military and security services.

ASU history professor Alex Aviña said the changes are no big deal.

“They are going to try to restrict the business that has been done with Cuba’s state-owned corporate sector that’s somehow connected to the military. So, I was surprised by a lack of a dramatic shift. Honestly, I think is this all about politics," Aviña said.

Sen. Jeff Flake, who helped shape Obama administration policy that eased sanctions and traveled with the former president to the island, was critical of the changes.

In a statement, Flake says 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.”

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