Responding via Twitter, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez wrote: "Trump extends for another year the Trading With the Enemy Act that sustains the blockade against Cuba. The blockade and harassment intensify, cruelty and perversity grow. An inhuman and cruel blockade. But here, nobody gives up."
The Trading With the Enemy Act is an instrument of the U.S. administration approved by Congress more than a century ago, which is currently only applied to Cuba. However, countries such as China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Vietnam have also been subject to its application in the past.
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"I hereby determine that the continuation of the exercise of those authorities with respect to Cuba for one year is in the national interest of the United States," the memorandum for the Secretaries of Treasury and State, published on the White House website, declares.
After the Act was first applied to Cuba, further hostile measures followed, including the announcement of the U.S. blockade against Cuba in 1962 by John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, adopted in 1963.
"Nobody gives up here," the president of Cuba responds to the renovation of the U.S. Trading With the Enemy Act.
In 1977, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act was established, restricting the president's ability to impose new sanctions in times of national emergency; nonetheless, the Trading With the Enemy Act continued to be applied to Cuba, despite never declaring a national emergency with regards to the island.
Thus, the Act forms part of the legal framework for the economic, financial, and commercial siege against Cuba, including, but not limiting to, the Foreign Assistance Act (1961), the Export Administration Act (1979), the Torricelli Act (1992), the Helms-Burton Act (1996) and more.
The U.S. blockade is a genocidal act against the Cuban people, seeking scarcity, material deficiencies, and interruption of public services, intending to sow discouragement and dissatisfaction by blaming and denigrating the Cuban Revolution for the resulting chaos and difficulties.