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Trump's new Cuba policy restricts tourism, military business

Trump's new Cuba policy restricts tourism, military business

Imposing new restrictions on trade and travel to Cuba is something that a majority of Cuban-Americans would frown upon. Some of the policy framework had already been written: Two years ago, Rubio filed Senate legislation prohibiting financial transactions with Cuban military and security services. And Americans can still self-certify under a general license that they are traveling to Cuba for legitimate reasons.

On Friday, President Trump travels to Miami to announce his Cuba policy.

The overall goal of the policy changes, officials said, is to "steer money away from the Cuban military and toward the Cuban people".

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. Cuban-American Republicans derided Obama's 2014 policy as a capitulation, The Miami Herald reports in "Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel".

As she, along with the rest of the Miami Cuban community, awaits Trump's new policy reveal, she worries the trips she now makes several times per month to the island may be restricted to yearly visits.

A partial rollback in USA changes toward Cuba will probably have a chilling effect on the modest advances in trade, travel, communication, and other financial transactions between the two former Cold War foes. The rules will take effect when the Treasury Department has the regulations ready.

Cuban diplomat Josefina Vidal told the Miami Herald more than 600,000 Americans visited the island past year, a 34 percent jump from 2014. Instead, U.S. visitors would once again be required to travel in groups with a set itinerary designed for educational, not strictly tourist, purposes.

However, family travel is now authorized and will continue to be. The embargo remains in place and unchanged by Trump's policy. And travelers seeking "people-to-people" contact will have to sign up with an organized tour group.

Obama also gave illegal immigrants from Cuba a path to legal status and opened travel to the island nation.

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. That could have far-reaching effects since the military touches nearly every corner of the Cuban economy.

"More than half my customers are Americans. the best tippers", said Dionys Diaz, 33, waiting for tourists outside Havana's iconic Hotel Nacional in a pink 1954 Chevy convertible.

While tourism to Cuba is banned by USA law, the Obama administration had been allowing people to travel to Cuba as part of "people to people" educational trips for visitors, a classification that a White House official said was "ripe for abuse" by those looking for beach vacations. Airlines will still be allowed to pay landing fees at Cuban airports, for example.

But supporters of engagement say it's unrealistic to expect liberal democracy to bloom in just two years, especially with the larger USA trade embargo still in force.

At home, Trump's critics have questioned why his administration is now singling out Cuba for its human rights record while insisting that in other parts of the world it will not lecture other countries on the issue. "That has also happened as a result of normalization and I just can't imagine backtracking on something like that".

The U.S. feels like it is in a new Cold War, and the Trump administration is getting a little nostalgic with its policy towards Cuba. This new policy helps them. Commercial contracts that will create $1.1 billion worth of USA exports to Cuba in the next five years would be broken, costing more than 1,000 jobs a year. On one hand, members of the Cuban-American congressional delegation, particularly Sen.

"Despite criticisms, increasing travel to Cuba not only fosters tourism, it serves as a glimpse into what everyday Cubans go through". In turn, the new measures taken by the Trump administration might restrain the economic opportunities of US companies in Cuba, especially those connected with the tourist industry.

On Thursday, he said that change is coming.

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