Los Angeles Times

A year after Trump reversed Obama's opening to Cuba, the U.S. is sitting out Havana's political revamp

WASHINGTON - A year ago, President Donald Trump announced tougher policies concerning Cuba, reinstating travel and trade restrictions eased by the historic Obama-era opening between Washington and Havana.

As a result, the United States today is largely sitting on the sidelines as the communist-ruled island faces potentially major changes in its economic and political relations with the region.

The problem is exacerbated because the recently reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana sits nearly empty. Most U.S. personnel were withdrawn last year after two dozen diplomats and other employees reported unexplained medical problems that left some with hearing loss or mild brain damage. The State Department added a 25th American to the list on Thursday.

As the U.S.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times4 min readPolitics
Trump Resumes Twitter Attack On 4 Minority Congresswomen
WASHINGTON - As President Trump launched a fresh Twitter attack Sunday on four minority congresswomen he said were "not capable of loving our Country," a senior Democratic congressman who was active in the civil rights movement half a century ago off
Los Angeles Times3 min read
US Housing Officials Withhold $80 Million From Los Angeles, Alleging Discrimination
LOS ANGELES - In an unwelcome turn for a city suffering from a homelessness crisis, federal housing officials said they have denied Los Angeles $80 million in funds, citing long-standing failures by local leaders to ensure that properties built with
Los Angeles Times6 min read
Lisa Rinna Just Wanted To Be Famous. With 'Real Housewives,' She Got Her Wish
When I meet Lisa Rinna in the back of an empty dance studio on Melrose Avenue on a recent weekday, there's no video crew to document our shenanigans. No wine glasses fly when I bring up her husband, actor Harry Hamlin. No stuffed bunnies are exchange