Trump keeps much of Obama's Cuba policy

President Donald Trump is set to announce changes to Cuba travel policy today at a Miami event, multiple media outlets are reporting.

Senior White House officials say that Trump will not close the newly re-opened U.S. Embassy in Havana.

Trump's policy changes may please the "hardline Cuban exiles" who supported Trump in winning Florida during the 2016 US Presidential Election, the Miami Herald reported on Friday. It will offer a path forward for the easing of restrictions and sanctions if Cuban ruler Raúl Castro makes democratic and human rights reforms.

The bill did not advance in Congress a year ago, but Katko said he will likely introduce similar legislation after Trump outlines the new US policy in his speech in Miami.

In December 2014, President Obama made strides in the long-strained relationship between the US and Cuba, passing a deal that re-established the two countries' diplomatic ties. Flake has warned that returning to a "get tough" policy that isolates the island would hurt everyday Cubans whose livelihoods are increasingly rooted in travel and tourism.

Several Obama policies will remain.

Trump is scheduled announce the new Cuba policies at 1 p.m at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana.

This process culminated in significant economic opportunities for both the USA and Cuba. But he will impose new limits on commercial transactions that involve the Cuban military.

That brings us to the second facet of Trump's rollback of former President Obama's engagement with communist Cuba.

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Under its Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group, the Cuban military has its hands in many parts of Cuba's economy, including trade, ports, and the tourism industry. The record number of tourists was led by a big jump in visits from the United States and Europe.

Trump aides said Thursday that Rubio was "very helpful" to the administration as it spent months reviewing the policy.

" Individual educational trips to Cuba will be restricted".

Trump has said in the past that he wants to open a hotel in Cuba, but wouldn't while he was president. "But it will add a lot of uncertainty to an already uncertain environment".

"One key thing to note about the policy is that it directs the Secretary of the Treasury and Commerce to change their regulations on the topic".

According to the Cuban ministry, 74 percent more American citizens visited the island in 2016 than in 2015 and, following through on a pledge to President Obama, President Castro opened almost 400 new public Wi-Fi access points around Cuba. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., have shown no interest in doing so.

Trump supporters argue the policy change is needed to cripple the Castro regime and military.

"I won't see it, but I think eventually there will be business with Cuba", he said.

"Effective immediately, I am cancelling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba", Trump declared as he made a full-throated verbal assault on the government of Cuban President Raul Castro.

  • Angelo Rivera