Trump to announce new restrictions on Cuba trade and travel

Marco Rubio previews coming Donald Trump change in Cuba policy

The White House says President Donald Trump plans to announce a revised Cuba policy that's aimed at stopping the flow of US cash to the country's military and security services.

The policy is a bid for Trump, to fulfill a campaign promise made, the policy will enforce a long-term ban on Americans traveling to Cuba as tourists and seeks to prevent dollars from funding Trump's administration sees as a repressive military-dominated government. In Miami, then-candidate Trump called for a reversal of Obama's normalization of Cuba policy, saying he would demand religious and political freedom for the Cuban people as well as the release of political prisoners.

President Donald Trump will today announce plans to roll back former President Obama's 2015 rapprochement with Cuba.

Trump will maintain relations with Cuba, first announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014. Normalizing relations with Cuba is believed to be one of the more notable accomplishments of Obama's legacy.

The Trump directive will try to police travel to Cuba to stop illegal tourism, but, officials said, Americans traveling to Cuba can still bring back cigars.

Commercial flights, which resumed for the first time in 50 years last summer, will still continue between the USA and Cuba. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

According to the Miami Herald, the new rules also mandate that travelers to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country be subjected to a Treasury Department audit of their trip to ensure they fall under one of the permitted categories.

Officials briefing journalists about the new policy were asked why human rights concerns had led to punitive measures in Cuba's case but were not playing a role in the administration's policy to other notable human rights offenders, like the Philippines and Saudi Arabia.

For almost 50 years Cuban exiles have gathered on 8th street, including Cuban-American Orlando Atienta, who said he's been visiting since he was 5 years old. The "wet foot, dry foot" policy, which once let most Cuban migrants stay if they made it to USA soil but was terminated under Obama, will remain terminated.

The moves come after the US made steps to engage Cuba during the Obama administration. Cuba will also not be reclassified as a state sponsor of terrorism under the new policy.

American travellers hoping to take a trip to Cuba are going to have a hard time doing so going forward, roughly a year after airlines opened up commercial flight routes to Havana.

Cuban-American GOP lawmakers, Sen.

The changes won't go into effect until regulations are issued.

Early reports from Washington indicate President Trump is vowing to keep his campaign pledge to anti-Castro hardliners in south Florida. Plus, Julia Sweig, senior research fellow at the University of Texas and the author of several books, including "Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know", explains the complicated history of the U.S. -Cuba relationship. In this photo, Cubans watch the TV broadcast of the inaugural ceremony of Trump, from Havana, Cuba, Jan. 20, 2017.

Rubio said the changes will be a step in the right direction.



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