“While we are reviewing what this policy could mean for this type of travel, we appreciate that the policy appears to allow us to continue to support Airbnb hosts in Cuba who have welcomed travelers from around the world”.
To do that, Castro would need to do several things, including hold “free and fair” elections and release political prisoners. “These people are benefitting greatly, not only from Americans spending money, but sharing their ideas with them”, said Collin Laverty, founder and president of Cuba Educational Travel. “Officially, today, they are rejected”.
“Withdrawing from Cuba can not and will not achieve our goals”.
However, diplomatic relations reestablished by Obama, including reopened embassies in Washington and Havana, will remain and travel and money sent by Cuban Americans will not be affected.
Commercial flights, which resumed for the first time in 50 years last summer, will still continue between the USA and Cuba.
Despite Obama’s effort to improve ties, the Republican-dominated Congress has refused to lift Washington’s 57-year-old embargo against Havana, which makes it illegal for USA corporations to do business with Cuba. The sending of family remittances, and transactions such as agricultural product sales, would be allowed to continue in which Cuba is required to pay in cash and in advance. The reason: those were the visits most ripe for abuse by yanquis hoping to circumvent the law that prohibits US tourist travel to Cuba. His aides contend that Obama’s easing of USA restrictions amounted to “appeasement” and has done nothing to advance political freedoms in Cuba, while benefiting the Cuban government financially.
“You’ll be very happy”, Trump said in September.
Laying out his new Cuba policy in a speech in Miami, Trump will issue a presidential directive to reverse some of the loosened regulations that Obama introduced after a 2014 breakthrough between the two former Cold War foes, senior White House officials said.
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., worked with Trump on the changes, pushing for a harder line.
Trump is expected to tighten travel restrictions and make moves to put pressure on the Castro regime.
“My administration’s policy will be guided by key US national security interests and solidarity of the Cuban people”, according to a draft of the five-point, eight-page presidential policy directive obtained by Politico. But even some worldwide human rights groups critical of the Cuban government say that would mean doubling down on a failed policy. US travelers now will have to go in authorized groups or with special visas. TrumpÂ´s new stance would also ban officials from diverse sectors, state agencies, unions, media, lawmakers, officials and judges from having bank accounts in the United States. “It’s not that he’s not opposed to any deal, he’s opposed to a bad deal with Cuba”.
While the policy goes into effect when the president announces it on Friday, officials said that nothing will be implemented until new regulations are in place.