Trump to Announce Tougher Rules for Cuba

Trump to Announce Tougher Rules for Cuba

"All the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done through executive order, which means the next president can reverse them - and that I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands", the Herald reported Trump as saying.

One of the options being considered by the Trump administration is banning US companies from doing business with Cuban enterprises tied to the military, which controls a large part of the Communist-ruled island's economy, the people have said.

The group trips would require US visitors to travel with a guide from an educational group-a requirement the Obama policy had lifted. The rules also require a daylong schedule of activities created to expose the travelers to ordinary Cubans.

Critics say the threat of a Treasury audit could have a chilling effect on travel and hurt business for the private-run bed and breakfasts and restaurants Americans often frequent.

While tourism to Cuba is banned by federal law, the Obama administration had let people travel to Cuba and spend money under "people to people" educational trips.

On Thursday, White House officials said that under the new directive, the USA would maintain its embassy in Cuba.

Bringing back Cuban cigars, even for those who had government permission to visit the island, was long illegal.

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White House officials describe the policy change as fulfilling a promise Trump made to Florida's Cuban exile community last fall.

A group of 54 U.S. senators reintroduced legislation in May to repeal all remaining restrictions on travel to Cuba, signaling support for U.S. -Cuba detente on Capitol Hill.

"I'm Cuban. So, I'm seeing my side my people and what's been happening in the past two years has been helping my people", Maceda said. That seems odd given that the Trump administration is not particularly fond of pursuing that agenda in its foreign policy: there was no mention of human rights and political freedom during his visit to Saudi Arabia, for example. The venue is named after a leader of the failed USA -backed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961 against Fidel Castro's revolutionary government.

Trump said throughout the 2016 campaign that he was willing to rollback diplomatic relations with the communist regime in Cuba. Absolutely not. And the Cuban government should do more. How big the changes in policy will be, however, remains to be seen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., have shown no interest in doing so.

Tomorrow, President Donald Trump will announce his administration's new policy towards Cuba, but drafts provided to news organizations suggest it will not be friendly towards Americans wanting to visiting Cuba. A source told Fox News the president is also expected to call for the release of Cuban political prisoners, but did not provide further details. Dozens of USA businesses and agricultural interests are operating in Cuba or want to, potentially worth billions of dollars a year.

Rubio, a Cuban policy hardliner, has said that the change is positive as "economic practices that benefit the Cuban military at the expense of the Cuban people will soon be coming to an end".

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