Trump: "Now we hold the cards."
US President Donald Trump has overturned another of Barack Obama’s major legacies – the thawing in relations with Cuba.
Trump has ordered tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and a clampdown on business dealings with the Caribbean island.
Laying out his new Cuba policy during a speech in Miami, he said: “Now we hold the cards. We now hold the cards. The previous administration’s easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people.
“They only enrich the Cuban regime.
“And now that I am your president, America will expose the crimes of the Castro regime and stand with the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom. Because we know it is best for America to have freedom in our hemisphere”.
Trump’s revised approach to Cuba rolls back his predecessor’s historic diplomatic breakthrough with the communist-ruled country, once a Cold War enemy.