Cuban-American community divided over Trump’s revised Havana policy


President Trump’s recently-unveiled Cuba policy faces resistance from the Cuban-American community. The regulations are expected to make it harder for Americans to travel to Cuba. Doing business on the island could also prove more difficult.

The policies are criticized by Cuban-Americans who favor engagement, as well as by anti-Castro hardliners.

CGTN’s Steve Mort reports from Miami.

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Despite President Trump’s warm reception in Miami recently, some Cuban-Americans are worried. Trump’s words drew into stark view divisions among many in the community.

Some remain unconvinced about the president’s new policy. The Trump administration has said Americans can now only travel as part of organized tours.

Other Cuban-Americans believe President Trump missed an opportunity to do more. Jaime Suchlicki, the director of a university research center in Miami, wants Cuba put back on a U.S. list of state terrorism sponsors after it was removed by in 2015.

“Cuba is very much a sponsor of terrorism so I don’t think it should have been removed, and I told the president it should be included again,” Suchlicki said.

Suchlicki has called for an increase in U.S. radio broadcasts to Cuba. He hopes changes that made it easier for Americans to send remittances to Cuban relatives will be reversed, saying the Cuban government benefits from the currency exchange rate.

Despite reservations, many Cuban Americans still support Trump’s tougher stance. Meanwhile, other still hope for closer ties with Cuba. A poll last year showed 70 percent of Miami’s Cuban-Americans supported rapprochement, and more than 60 percent opposed the U.S. embargo.