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Donald Trump Plans To Announce New Restrictions On Cuba Trade And Travel

Although individual P2P travel will likely end according to the White House, group experiences should not be effected.Cuban-Americans are eager and anxious for President Donald Trump’s announcement in Miami Friday of changes to the US policy toward Cuba, though it appears the changes will be more like a tweak of the Obama-era provisions.President Trump’s aides say that Mr. Hussein Obama’s easing of United States restrictions has done nothing to advance political freedoms in Cuba, while benefiting the Cuban government financially. “It was rough”, Glass said, “even though I didn’t like it in the beginning, i think it’s better to have relations, because at least the poor people that is there they can get a little more now from us from family”.In a break with a half-century of Cold War hostility, President Obama eased travel and business restrictions with Cuba and re-established diplomatic ties, becoming the first American leader to visit the island nation since 1928.The firm is now involved in joint ventures with several foreign firms, including the Marriott hotel chain.Under the revised travel policy, US officials say there will be tighter enforcement to make sure Americans legally fit the 12 authorized categories they claim to be traveling under, which could spook many visitors, wary of receiving a hefty fine.As a result, the changes – though far-reaching – appear to be less sweeping than many pro-engagement advocates had feared.Trump will justify his partial reversal of Obama’s measures to a large extent on human rights grounds.Educational trips and so-called “people-to-people” group exchanges will be under greater scrutiny, with educational groups once again having to travel with a guide from a U.S. organization sponsoring the trip, a requirement the Obama policy had effectively eliminated. But even some global human rights groups critical of the Cuban government say that would mean doubling down on a failed policy.”My administration’s policy will be guided by key USA national security interests and solidarity of the Cuban people”, according to a draft of the five-point, eight-page presidential policy directive obtained by Politico. The only constituency that wants to reverse course is the very small group of diehard, older Cuban-Americans, the Miami anti-Castristas, whom Trump credits for his victory in Florida last November. The Treasury Department will soon issue new regulations regarding the forms of travel that are acceptable.President Donald Trump on Friday will announce a revised U.S. Cuba policy that eliminates travel for single individuals and bans future U.S. business transactions with Cuba’s military, according to senior administration officials.Senior White House officials who briefed reporters on the announcement say Obama’s overtures had enriched Cuba’s military while repression increased on the island. And Americans will no longer be allowed to travel to the island on their own for “people-to-people” purposes, once the new rules are in place.Those travels and visitors’ ability to use Cuba’s military-run bank are not believed to be affected by the Trump changes, though the Herald reports that the administration’s new policy will include a broad restriction on interactions with the military branch that runs the majority of Cuba’s economy.The White House arrived at its new policy after consulting with Congress and numerous Cabinet secretaries, and concerns for human rights were a major factor.