On Friday, the Department issued a notice suspending US commercial flights from flights to Cuban destinations. The announcement will come into force on December 10.
The announcement is another step in the Trump administration's attempt to tighten relations between the US and Cuba in the face of President Barack Obama's Cuban policy. The Department of Transportation is taking this action, according to a news release, at the request of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, "to further develop the administration's policy of amplifying the economic implications of the Cuban regime for the continued repression of the Cuban people and its support for Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. "
The White House confirmed the move, but did not provide any further comment, according to spokesman Judd Deer.
The Cuban government struck the United States only hours after the announcement.
In a tweet, Cuban Foreign Ministry Director General Carlos Fernandez de Cosio criticized the US, accusing him of not being interested in the consequences of his actions. He said "his country's response will not change."
"In an attempt to punish Cuba's unwavering rebellion, imperialism seeks regular flights to various Cuban cities," de Cosio tweeted. "They don't care if they affect family contacts, Cubans' limited funds in both countries, or unfair inconvenience." of US companies to lease planes to Cuban government airlines on Monday.