Marta Diaz, now 75, left Cuba in 1967 and time has done nothing to boring her anger towards the regime.
"Easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people", he said at an event in Miami on Friday. Empowering them and stoking higher popular expectations will, in turn, put more pressure on the regime.
Obama's 2014 declaration of detente with Cuba prompted hundreds of islanders to start media, entrepreneurship and cultural projects that were outside the control of the state but within the bounds of law, unlike the directly confrontational tactics of Cuba's small dissident groups.
Miami's Cuban-American population has a reputation for diehard anti-communism, but in Little Havana, some - even those who had fled oppression - were philosophical about detente.
Keeping that plan in mind, Obama practically eliminated the Cuba issue in United States relations with its southern neighbors.
Stopping short of a complete turnabout, President Donald Trump is expected today to announce a revised Cuba policy aimed at stopping the flow of United States cash to the country's military and security services while maintaining diplomatic relations and allowing U.S. airlines and cruise ships to continue service to the island.
"Because we know it is best for America to have freedom in our hemisphere, whether in Cuba or Venezuela, and to have a future where the people of each country can live out their own dreams", he said.
In turn, airlines and US hotel chains began investing resources in Cuba, while chicken, grain and other agricultural producers from the USA exported tons of products to Cuba. Last week, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to back new sanctions on Russian Federation.
Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security adviser who negotiated Obama's opening with the Cubans, said it was disappointing Trump was halting the momentum that had built but added that it could have been worse. Trump's vow to keep the broader decades-old USA economic embargo on Cuba firmly in place drew criticism from some U.S. farmers, especially growers of corn, soybeans and rice.
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This flowed over into last year's campaign, with Trump vowing to terminate the agreement. Despite bitter criticism and personal attacks, most have continued to operate, many with a degree of support from USA individuals and foundations that would have been impossible before the reestablishment of diplomatic relations.
By reinstating restrictions on independent travelers, the Trump administration's new policy will hurt Cuba's emerging private sector that caters to American visitors, critics insist.
In writing new rules, the Treasury Department is expected to spell out exactly what will happen to people who book trips before the new rules, but travel after their release. The Cuban government, which has made clear it will not be pressured into reforms, had no immediate comment.
Trump's primary objective is to keep money out of the hands of Cuba's military and intelligence services. But if the administration follows through on redefining what it means to be part of the Cuban military, that could affect policies on remittances down the line. "I think that in this case Trump would demand that Cuba refrain from supporting those regimes that Americans do not like", the analyst said. But, in a shift from Obama's approach, Trump said trade and other penalties would stay in place until a long list of prerequisites was met.
Finally, Obama ended the "wet foot, dry foot" immigration policy that applied only to Cubans.
Embassies in Havana and Washington will remain open. Obama's détente has already lifted exports and raised hopes for more gains, which they said were now in doubt. In addition, civil liberties must be respected, private property rights must be assured and steps must be taken to compensate USA citizens and corporations for properties seized by the Cuban government after the 1959 Cuban Revolution.
What's been the response to Trump's efforts?Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, both Florida Republicans strongly opposed to Obama's outreach. "We don't have to have "travel papers" for the government to decide whether or not you can travel".
The president, who promised to be tough on Havana during the presidential campaign, outlined stricter enforcement of a long-time ban on Americans going to Cuba as tourists and will seek to prevent US dollars from being used to fund what he sees as a repressive military-dominated government.
But groups both here in the United States and the Cuban government expressed some reservations.
"We will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime until all political prisoners are freed, freedoms of assembly and expression are respected, all political parties are legalised and free and internationally supervised elections are scheduled elections", Trump said.