President Trump to Announce Changes to Cuba Policy in Miami

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 18, 2017

Embassies in Havana and Washington will remain open.

The overarching aim of this new approach is to "empower the Cuban people".

The new restrictions were championed by Sen.

But other advisers have contended that it is important to make good on a campaign promise to Cuban-Americans.

He will also leave in place some other tangible measures implemented by his Democratic predecessor, including the resumption of direct US-Cuba commercial flights, though Trump's more restrictive policy seems certain to dampen new economic ties overall.

Words of praise from Rubio toward Trump are notable because they were bitter antagonists in 2016 when both sought the Republican presidential nomination.

"The goal of these policies is very simple", Rubio said Thursday. Rather, the administration "wants any benefits of commerce to go towards the Cuban people". The Cuban government has made clear it will not be pressured into political reforms in exchange for diplomatic engagement. White House officials also noted that Americans can still bring Cuban cigars back from their trip. The policy calls on Americans traveling to Cuba to use "private businesses and services provided by the Cuban people, rather than businesses and services provided by". The Department of Treasury will create the new regulations and none of the changes will take effect until the regulations are completed.

Under the revised travel policy, United States officials say there will be tighter enforcement to make sure Americans legally fit the 12 authorized categories they claim to be travelling under, which could spook many visitors, wary of receiving a hefty fine.

"U.S. private sector engagement can be a positive force for the kind of change we all wish to see in Cuba", said Myron Brilliant, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce executive vice president and head of worldwide affairs. And the US government will police other such trips to ensure there's a tour group representative along making sure travelers are pursuing a "full-time schedule of educational exchange activities". The Obama administration eased those restrictions by allowing visitors to merely declare their reason for going, with few questions asked.

"I am appalled and saddened by the reports that President Trump will reinstate failed isolationist Cuba policies". USA citizens can still partake in people to people travel to the island as part of a group with a full itinerary. That could have far-reaching effects since the military touches nearly every corner of the Cuban economy. For example, payments to hotels owned by the military will be prohibited.

If you've already planned a trip, the officials said the new regulations will account for those situations, so those travelers may not be out of luck. Airlines will still be allowed to pay landing fees at Cuban airports, for example.

"There are about 50 or 60 Wi-Fi hot spots in Havana".

"All the pressure comes from American business interests that go to Cuba, see the opportunities and then come back here and lobby us to lift the embargo", Rubio said. "That has also happened as a result of normalization and I just can't imagine backtracking on something like that". The main targets are Cuba's military - and wannabe American tourists.

In this August 31, 2016 photo, two passengers deplane from JetBlue flight 387 waving a United States, and Cuban national flag, in Santa Clara. Cuban officials proudly say they have already withstood over 50 years of punishing U.S. sanctions. How big the changes in policy will be, however, remains to be seen.

Many Cuban exiles needed convincing.

"Abandoning our progress makes no sense and achieves nothing".

The changes Trump is expected to announce would not prohibit travel altogether.

"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.

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