Trump to clamp down on Cuba travel, trade

Trump to clamp down on Cuba travel, trade

"The idea that, after 55 years of failure, going back to isolationist policies will produce any results is insane", said James Williams, president of the Engage Cuba group.

Trump will issue the memorandum when he delivers his speech at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami's Little Havana district, the heart of America's Cuban-American and Cuban exile community. Diplomatic relations established by Obama will remain.

A Morning Consult poll released by the group Engage Cuba earlier this week said that 65% of voters surveyed support Obama's Cuba policy, including 64% of Republicans.

On Thursday, he said that change is coming.

The administration wants to see better commercial ties with the island, but "it's entirely up to Raul Castro to make that happen", an official said.

Later, in a video appearance on Facebook, Rubio amplified - though he didn't provide details.

The new policy also bans any business transactions with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), but with some exceptions, including air and sea travel, shielding US airlines and cruise ship companies now serving the island.

"The goal of these policies is very simple". For example, payments to hotels owned by the military will be prohibited.

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The officials said that the previous policy under Obama "was enriching Cuban military and intelligence services that contributed to oppression".

It is anticipated that Trump will also urge the Cuban government to improve its respect for human rights, according to information provided by Tillerson. They aggressively criticized each other, and Rubio dropped out after Trump decisively defeated Rubio in the March 2016 Florida primary.

He has repeatedly blasted Mr Obama for his "bad deal" with Cuba and says the two-year rapprochement is a failed policy of appeasement. "I have so many friends from Cuba".

Sources have said the president is not planning to close the newly re-opened USA embassy in Havana, reimplement limits on US based money transfers or change family travel policies.

President Trump will announce increased restrictions toward Cuba on Friday after a almost five month review of USA policy toward the island nation, delivering on a campaign promise he made to crack down on the communist regime.

Under the expected changes, the USA will ban American financial transactions with the dozens of enterprises run by the military-linked corporation GAESA, which operates dozens of hotels, tour buses, restaurants and other facilities.

He called the country's human rights record "deplorable". It did not attain what it was supposed to, which was openness and democracy for the Cuban people. The dozen accepted reasons for travel included reasons such as "educational activities" or "support for the Cuban people" and - as Politico reports - there was little to no enforcement of making sure USA travelers actually held true to their stated reasons for travel.

"The president has made clear that he will look toward repressive regimes in this hemisphere", the same senior administration official said.