President Trump told TheDC in 2015 that he was open to ending the Cuban embargo, but on the campaign trail said he would reverse Obama’s changes. Travel and money sent by Cuban Americans will be unaffected.
MIAMI | In an overhaul of one of his predecessor’s signature legacies, President Donald Trump will redraw US policy toward Cuba on Friday, tightening travel restrictions for Americans that had been loosened under President Barack Obama and banning USA business transactions with Cuba’s vast military conglomerate.
Trump says in a speech in Miami that the US will not lift sanctions on Cuba until it releases all political prisoners and respects the Cuban people’s right to freedom of assembly and expression.
While the administration says the policy aims to empower the Cuban people, others have expressed concern that tightening restrictions could hurt them.
It’s unclear just how strict the enforcement will be, but it could make it illegal to purchase Cuban cigars and rum, as both businesses are owned, at least partially, by the government. The US embassy that was closed in 1961 reopened in Havana. Travel to Cuba by USA airlines and cruise ships will continue, however.
Cafe Versailles, in the heart of Miami’s “little Havana”, may not be the heartbeat for the Cuban-American movement in the U.S. But it is arguably its soul. Remittances to Cuba won’t be cut off. “This is a completely unnecessary step backwards for American families and businesses, the Cuban people, and US global leadership”. Under the Trump administration’s future regulations, only educational groups will be able to facilitate these people-to-people interactions.
The media stated that had access to the draft of TrumpÂ´s executive order on policy to Cuba, which seeks for reaffirming the validity of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington on the Caribbean nation 55 years ago.
Saying that the aim was to fix what Trump has called a “bad deal” struck by Obama, U.S. officials said the new administration would leave the door open to improved relations if Cuba undertakes democratic reforms such as allowing free elections and releasing political prisoners.
“And I’m very proud of what the president will be announcing tomorrow”. The promise helped Trump win support from hard-liners within south Florida’s large Cuban American community, an important constituency for Republican presidential candidates for decades. “Unfortunately, today’s moves actually limit the possibility for positive change on the island and risk ceding growth opportunities to other countries that, frankly, may not share America’s interest in a free and democratic Cuba that respects human rights”.
According to their report titled “Inside Marco Rubio’s campaign top shape Trump’s Cuba crackdown“, eight officials who were involved in drafting President Trump’s policy towards Cuba to feel his agenda achieved “escape velocity” thanks to Rubio.
“You went out and you voted, and here I am, like I promised”.
The new policy will ban most US business transactions with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), a sprawling conglomerate involved in all sectors of the economy, but make some exceptions, including for air and sea travel, the officials said. Even among Cuban-Americans in South Florida, almost two-thirds want to lift the US embargo.