Donald Trump Speech Live: President Donald Trump today said his administration’s new policy on Cuba aims to “empower” Cubans. Trump had taken to Twitter to post this message while en route to Miami. He is expected to declare his policy for halting the flow of US cash to Cuba’s military and security services. However, he is all for maintaining diplomatic relations with the country against which the US had a strained relationship for decades.
11:42 PM: “We will not be silent in the face of communist oppression any longer,” Trump was quoted as saying by Reuters.
11:40 PM: US President Donald Trump orders tighter restrictions on Americans visiting Cuba and a clampdown on US business dealings with the country’s military, saying “with God’s help a free Cuba is what we will soon achieve”, as per the news agency.
11:37 PM: Donald Trump asks Cuba to hand over military personnel who shot down Brothers to the rescue pilots in unarmed civilian planes, says Reuters report.
11:35 PM: US President Trump says any changes in US-Cuba relationship will depend on real progress towards meeting goals, as per Reuters
11:33 PM: White House says Donald Trump’s Cuba policy changes will encourage US commerce with free Cuban businesses, says Reuters
11:32 PM: Donald Trump says his policy will strongly restrict US dollars flowing into Cuba, enforce restrictions on travel, says Reuters.
11:30 PM: “The president has repeatedly said he was ‘honoured and humbled’ to have received that endorsement from these veterans, recognising that they were fighting to restore liberty and justice for the people of Cuba,” the official was quoted as saying earlier by PTI.
11:28 PM: “Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” CNN quotes Donald Trump as saying.
11:27 PM: I am cancelling Obama’s deal with Cuba: Donald Trump
11: 26 PM: US willing to negotiate new deal with Cuba, says Donald Trump
11:25 PM: AP quoted Senator Jeff Flake criticizing President Trump’s new policy on Cuba. The Arizona Republican 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.”
11:24 PM: Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba: US President
11:22 PM: We will enforce Cuba enbarego, tourism ban: Donald Trump
11:13 PM: Casestro regime has shifted arms to Nort Korea: Donald Trump
11:11 PM: I keep my promises. sametimes in politics, we take some time, but we get there: Trump
11:10 PM: US President unveils new Cuba Policy in Miami.
11:01 PM: “Headed to Miami to announce new US policy on Cuba. We are going to empower the Cuban people and hold the regime accountable,” the tweet read.
10:55 PM: Trump is not expected to announce a reversal of the earlier Cuba policy, he is expected to revise it. Business is expected to flow as previously with American airlines and ships not likely to be barred from going there. He is expected to announce this at a Miami theater associated with Cuban exiles today.
President Trump: I am thrilled to be back here with all of my friends in ~Little Havana~ https://t.co/qvqCPFozmg https://t.co/9qZ3cUQgao
— CNN (@CNN) June 16, 2017
10:50 PM: Like his other steps, Trump is likely to justify this as delivering on his election promise. This was to alter then-President Barack Obama’s diplomatic re-engagement with Cuba. Obama had engaged with Cuban President Raul Castro who had taken over from his brother Fidel Castro after he stepped down as President after decades.