President Trump Tightens Rules on Americans Traveling to Cuba and More


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. "It does not target the Cuban people but the measures are created to restrict the flow of money to oppressive elements of the Cuban regime". "Officially, today, they are rejected".

"President Trump will treat the Castro regime as a malevolent dictatorship that it is", Diaz-Balart said. According to the publication, it probably means that USA travelers will not even be able to stay at a hotel in Old Havana or make use of any tourism service in Cuba.

The Trump administration will also oppose any proposal or measure in global bodies such as the United Nations to lift the trade embargo imposed more than half a century ago.

Senator Rubio tweeted his frustration toward the Cuban government for not allowing two pro-democracy leaders to fly to Miami for the announcement Friday. Plus, Julia Sweig, senior research fellow at the University of Texas and the author of several books, including "Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know", explains the complicated history of the U.S. -Cuba relationship. "The last two years have shown that the two countries can cooperate and coexist in a civilized way", it said. The US embassy that was closed in 1961 reopened in Havana.

Worldwide human rights groups say, however, that reinstating a USA policy of isolating the island could make the situation worse by empowering Cuban hardliners. He challenged the communist government of Raul Castro to negotiate a better deal for Cubans and Cuban-Americans.

The new limits on USA business deals will target the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), a conglomerate involved in all sectors of the economy, including hotels, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Now, she thinks trump would be making a big mistake by tightening USA restrictions on the island nation.

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It was unclear, however, whether the new rules would bar American visitors from spending money in state-run hotels and restaurants. 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.

Some aides have argued that Trump, a former real estate magnate who won the presidency promising to unleash USA business and create jobs, would have a hard time defending any moves that close off the Cuban market. And there will be limits on Americans' ability to travel to Cuba, a change of which we are less enamored.

He will announce that tourism to Cuba is still banned and that enforcement of travel restrictions (so-called person-to-person travel) will not only still be in effect but will be tightened as well.

Trump believes many of Obama's efforts undermine USA and Cuban economic interests, as well as national security. Other Cuban-American lawmakers started getting briefed on the policy Thursday. Even among Cuban-Americans in South Florida, almost two-thirds want to lift the US embargo. Cuba's government may not formally respond to Trump's speech until a speech Monday by its foreign minister.

The administration will consider benchmarks - free elections, the release of political prisoners and direct pay for Cuban workers - as progress that could eventually lead to the easing of the restrictions, according to the senior administration officials.

But Trump is expected to make it tougher for Americans to visit and do business on the island while blasting Cuba's alleged human right abuses and harboring of United States fugitives.