Washington, Jun 4 ( Prensa Latina ) The U.S. administration has tried this Tuesday to justify the new travel restrictions to Cuba with the argument that they are measures against the government, despite the warnings of their negative effects on the people.
Republican President Donald Trump, who has considerably increased hostility against Cuba, announced Tuesday that he will prohibit citizens of this country from going to Cuba under the prior authorization known as people-to-people educational group trips.
In addition, according to a statement from the State Department, ‘will no longer allow visits to Cuba through passenger and recreational boats, including cruise ships and yachts, and private and corporate aircraft.
With these controversial steps, the federal agency said it seeks to prevent U.S. travelers from ‘enriching Cuba’s military, security and intelligence services.
In its statement, the State Department once again linked the measures against Cuba with the solidarity it maintains towards Venezuela and the constitutional government of Nicolas Maduro, which Washington insists on disregarding despite having been re-elected in May 2018 with 68 percent of the vote.
Trump’s administration will continue a failed 60-year policy that harms the Cuban people and denies Americans their freedom,’ Engage Cuba coalition President James Williams wrote on Twitter after the new limitations spread.
When National Security Advisor John Bolton announced on April 17 that new restrictions would apply to non-family travel, different groups and legislators also referred to the impact on Cubans.
The announcement of the administration of new hard-line restrictions causes pain to families and affects the growing Cuban private sector, said then Florida Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor.