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President Trump to bring back harsher restrictions on travel to Cuba

President Trump to bring back harsher restrictions on travel to Cuba President Trump to bring back harsher restrictions on travel to Cuba
Roland Mccarthy | 16 June, 2017, 04:26

The actions, however, are far from a full rollback of the policies Obama champion in the latter half of his administration. The volume of USA exports to Cuba-especially poultry, rice, corn, wheat, and soy-currently allowed under the US embargo could also plummet, since the Cuban government monopolizes import and export trade on the island.

Edi Coba says he is not sure his new rooftop bar in the heart of Old Havana that buzzes at night with hip, tattooed young Americans will survive if U.S. President Donald Trump tightens restrictions on travel to Communist-run Cuba.

Trump will announce the changes to the Obama-era policies that improved USA relations with Cuba in a speech in Miami, Florida, on Friday, POLITICO reported on Thursday. Especially in Southern Florida, where Cubans make up a key voting bloc for Republicans, Trump railed on Obama for building relations with the Castros.

Trump's new policy will eliminate such visits by individuals while still allowing them to be done as group tours, and also retaining individual travel under other authorized categories such as religious, artistic and journalistic activities, the official said.

Proponents of lifting the embargo say that taking a punitive approach toward Cuba has done nothing to bring about improvements in human rights in more than 50 years, and that it is time to try something new.

"Cuba is ready to negotiate with the United States on equal terms about human rights on the island, but the human rights situation in the United States must also be addressed at the negotiating table, because we also have concerns about that issue", said Morales.

Serafin Gomez is a White House Producer for FOX News Channel, who also covered the 2016 election as a Special Events & Politics producer and former special campaign correspondent for Fox News Latino. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart, have tirelessly lobbied for reversing Barack Obama's rapprochement with Cuba.

He told CNN a year ago that he would like to open a hotel in Cuba "at the right time, when we're allowed to do it". Even Airbnb, an online accommodation booking behemoth, lets Americans arrange stays in private homes in Cuba. Trump's policy would keep some of these changes in place, including direct flights to the country. Trump's new policy would not reflect the views of almost three-quarters of US citizens. "The people in Cuba are starting to see their lives change, they want it to go faster". Politico.com reported that Trump´s administration will request a full schedule of activities to be conducted in Cuba by the United States citizens who be authorized to visit the island. Most Americans would therefore likely choose to visit Cuba only as part of a group that organizes the paperwork.

On Friday, President Trump travels to Miami to announce his Cuba policy. For more than five decades, a succession of US presidents - cowed by the right-wing Cuban community in Florida - enforced an economic embargo even though the policy increasingly isolated the USA from its neighbors in the hemisphere and its allies around the world.

The new policy will ban most US business deals with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), a sprawling conglomerate involved in all sectors of the economy, but make exceptions related to air and sea travel, the officials said.

She did not provide specific details about what the president planned to announce, though other people familiar with administration discussions have said he plans to impose new limitations on commerce.

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