However, Mr. Trump's companies continue to do business with Russian Federation, and the USA continues to purchase millions of dollars of manufactured products from China while both Russian Federation and China have significantly greater human rights violations than Cuba.
"The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in solidarity with the bishops of Cuba and the Holy See, has long held that human rights and religious freedom will be strengthened through more engagement between the Cuban and American people, not less", said Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, chair of the USA bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.
When asked whether the president plans to announce any further sanctions against the Cuban government, Spicer said, "wW're one business day into these actions that the president took".
Rodriguez' response Monday was a clear signal that there could be very little, if any, high-level U.S. -Cuba negotiation during Trump's time in office.
"I am cancelling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba", he said.
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Subject to Treasury and Commerce's forthcoming regulations, the Administration's new policy leaves in place a number of measures the Obama Administration took to facilitate business in and travel to Cuba.
Casale said she would like to go back some day, but not while Cuba is still a communist nation.
"It is important to continue to promote dialogue and encounter between our neighboring nations and peoples", Bishop Cantu said. It is the prerogative of the current president to make whatever changes he wants to.
"I would like to see Cuba and the Cuban people benefit from the economic development and opportunities that we all get, and I am also one who believes that a strong Cuba is good for the rest of the Caribbean", he added. The new policy will keep USA companies from doing direct financial transactions with companies controlled by the Cuban military.
Supporters of the embargo cite Cuba's ongoing human rights abuses and restrictions on free trade as reasons for Cuba to remain an unacceptable trading partner barring substantial political change.