Trump imposes new sanctions on Cuba, honors Bay of Pigs veterans

President Trump on Wednesday imposed new sanctions on Cuba that would prohibit American citizens from staying at government-owned properties on the island and restricting imports of tobacco and alcohol.

“These actions will ensure that US dollars do not fund the Cuban regime and go directly to the Cuban people,” the president said during a speech from the White House honoring veterans of the Bay of Pigs operation.

Trump said the actions are part of his administration’s “continuing fight against communist oppression.”

The State Department will soon release a list of the properties.

Speaking to the 23 veterans of the failed 1961 operation ordered by President John F. Kennedy to take out Cuban leader Fidel Castro, Trump proclaimed his administration’s support for the people of the Caribbean nation and said they will one day be free.

“My administration stands with every citizen of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela in their fight for liberty, and we work for the day when this will become a fully free hemisphere and it will be — for the first time in human history — a fully free hemisphere, and we will have it,” the president said.

“A lot of things are going on right now that I can’t tell you about, but I will be soon,” he continued.

Speaking to the veterans of Brigade 2506, Trump said, “Your bravery inspires all.”

“The veterans we honor today are a powerful testament to all what a free people can achieve. In the past six decades, you have built strong families, thriving businesses and vibrant communities,” he said.

The president also took a shot at former President Barack Obama, who lifted some travel limits on Cuba, and his former Vice President Joe Biden.

“The Obama-Biden administration made a weak, pathetic, one-sided deal with the Castro dictatorship that betrayed the Cuban people and enriched the communist regime,” he said. “I canceled the Obama-Biden sellout to the Castro regime.”

The Trump administration has restricted flights to Cuba and has slapped sanctions on companies that ship oil from Venezuela to Cuba.

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