President Trump Hardens Policy Towards Cuban Government

President Trump Hardens Policy Towards Cuban Government

President Trump Hardens Policy Towards Cuban Government

The influx in Americans going to see the sights has resulted in the rebirth of cruises and air service from the U.S.to the island, with nonstop flights available from NY to Havana.

It's unclear just how strict the enforcement will be, but it could make it illegal to purchase Cuban cigars and rum, as both businesses are owned, at least partially, by the government. Remittances to Cuba won't be cut off.

Flights and sea links were reopened and travel increased to an estimated 400,000 Americans expected to visit the island this year.

US visitors also will be prohibited from staying in any hotels doing business with the Cuban military, including the Four Points Sheraton, which Starwood took over from the military in a deal the Obama administration approved.

"I do believe that end is in the very near future", he said.

The Trump administration are likely to cite Obama's failed appeasement policy toward Cuba as a reason for ending the two-year-old approach of engagement, followed by the former president's government.

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Trump's new measures are created to exert more pressure on Havana to reform itself.

It is notable, however, that Trump's administration is taking a stand against Cuba's human rights abuses when it has made a habit of glossing over the same concerns with countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey.

President George W. Bush cracked down on academic travel to Cuba, virtually stopping study overseas to the island, but regulations promulgated by President Obama in 2011 and 2014 opened the way for vastly expanded academic exchanges, as did the resumption of diplomatic relations with Cuba in July 2015.

Critics said the changes would only hurt everyday Cubans who work in the private sector and depend on American visitors to help provide for their families.

Moving forward, the White House announced it will create a series of reforms designed to make it very hard for Raul Castro's successor to maintain the high oppressive regime in Cuba.

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The president will ban United States tourist travel to the island, restate the importance of the trade embargo and institute a broad prohibition on financial transactions with companies controlled by the Cuban military, according to Politico, which got a draft version of the new policy.

The U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961 after Fidel Castro's revolution. But even some worldwide human rights groups critical of the Cuban government say that would mean doubling down on a failed policy.

The trade embargo remains in place under Trump. Even among Cuban-Americans in South Florida, almost two-thirds want to lift the US embargo.

Even with carve outs, the new policy could pose problems for some USA businesses, including hoteliers and airlines who have put on regular flights between the USA and the Cuban capital.

"I don´t want to give more details because the president comes precisely to give that announcement and it's not my role to say what he is going to say in less than 24 hours", said the spokesperson on the sidelines of the Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America being held until Friday in Miami.

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