September 15th, 2010
04:01 PM ET

Cuba complains restrictions unchanged under Obama

Cuba accused U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday of failing to keep his promise of a new start with the communist island, saying that far from easing the U.S. trade embargo, his administration has tightened some restrictions.

"The president has fallen far short of the expectations created by his speeches," Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said at a news conference.

"The blockade has not changed a bit," he said, referring to the nearly 50-year-old embargo. "In fact, they have strengthened it when it comes to executing fines."

The comments came a day after a U.S. State Department official warned that Cuba's imprisonment of an American contractor is an "obstacle" to "certain measures" that Washington could take to improve bilateral relations.

Asked about the comment, Rodriguez declined to say anything on the case, but said the embargo is a unilateral action and "should be lifted unilaterally."


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  1. BryanWolf

    Cuba is not the only ones that are dissapointed in Obama. The majority of "The Forgotten" (FRD) will not vote again to give him his second term because of his lies to us i.e. Health Care, as we watch our brothers die because of this.

    September 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. davetharave

    Can we please just end this embargo already ? What good is it doing ? Is Cuba acting more irrationally than other countries with whom we do not have an embargo ? Can we please just end it already ? This embargo is a stone cold dead leftover from the Cold War and is serving no purpose whatsoever. Can we just end it already ? Do we have an embargo with Venezuela ? China ? Iran ? (OK maybe Iran but I don't even know) Please ? Just endit already.

    September 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • BryanWolf

      You left out Saudi. that we are selling arms to. I agree lets reach out to Cuba. Castro is showing change of heart what will it really hurt?

      September 15, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      Dave – I think you mean rationally.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. jewell

    To Mr. Bryan wolf who states that Obama lied to get elected. You@I both know that President Obama told us what his agenda was for America, so how can u call him a liar when he told you what he was going to accomplish. .....The cubans are just like the North Koreans, they never live up to their side of the agreement. Its their way or no way...

    September 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • BryanWolf

      Ms. Jewell, you are right I do apologize for calling President Obama for being I lire. I guess what I and many feel is disappointment because he let what was left of health-care go forward and did not fight hard enough but turned it over to a broken system "Politics" to accomplish it. He said he would do it not turn it over and step back lol. Cuba is not much different from other nations it seems to include our own as well. Not to mention those who run it where are the Iraq oil revenues? Where is the promised health care? Why do we still have our nose in countries that do not want us there?

      September 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      This is fundamentally incorrect. First, N.Korea, ironically named the DPRK, is a dictatorship, with harsh humanitarian issues. Cuba is a Communist nation who just admitted their system did not work. Not quite the same. Don't blame Cuba – blame politics. Quick lesson here – the Soviets convinced Cuba that *we* wanted to take them over. In reality, it was the Soviets. Its time to stop punishing families. I'm not saying Castro was a saint – he wasn't. But at least he did do what he thought was best. Mr. Obama's policies threaten to lengthen and deepen the recession. Don't take my word for it – look at the data. Analyze it yourself – then wonder.... if you do what he proposes, who exactly will have the money to hire more workers?

      September 16, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. ChristopherCharles

    Who should make the first move? USA has an embargo for reasons; possibly if Cuba makes some concessions and positive changes in their own government this can change American (politican) feelings toward the Cubans. We can't confuse stubbornness for terrorism that is for sure.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. marcos

    Obama did lie – he hasn't ended the war (escalated it) and he hasn't done anything for gay marriage. Two things he promised to be done in his first year. Also, he said all the bills being passed would be posted online in advance so America could know about them. That never happened. And even more ... he said if his stimulus plan was passed, unemployment wouldn't go above 8%. Either he's lying or incredibly stupid.

    September 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Odojoe

    How about if we trade their five spies for our one spy? Their spies were trying to protect Cuba from our Cuban/Miami Mafia, while ours was facilitating dissent.

    September 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. travis fisher

    My grandfather rodolfo parra died already but was head od social security before castro took over and tried to kill mt grandfather for not giving him the money that belonged to the people he had to flee to the us giving up his property a supermarket he was an Attorney. in the us he was a janitor as he only spoke spanish. we were not compensated justly for the loss and couldnt visit any fsamily Cuba must be changed or punished embargo must stay untill we undo the kennedy bay of pigs atrocity.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |