President Donald Trump declared on Friday that his administration will be tightening regulations on Cuba, canceling the Obama administration’s “terrible” deal with Havana’s communist government, The Daily Caller reports.
During a speech in Miami, Trump laid out his new Cuba policy by signing a directive that rolls back some parts of the previous administration’s landmark deal in 2014 that led to the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two former Cold War foes.
“We will not be silenced in the face of communist oppression any longer,” Trump said in front of an applauding crowd in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.
The president described Cuba’s communist government under President Raul Castro as a “brutal, brutal regime.”
He added that Cuba is a major security threat to the U.S., saying that the country is working with North Korea while providing refuge to cop killer Joanne Chesimard, a former Black Panther who was convicted in 1977 for murder.
Trump’s new policy could result to stricter enforcement of Americans going to Cuba as tourists and a ban of most U.S. business transactions with a major Cuban conglomerate. He, however, kept the U.S. embassy in Havana reopened.