Trump to roll back Obama's accord with Cuba, impose travel, trade restrictions

People participate in the gay pride parade during the celebration of the day against homophobia and transphobia in Havana

"I have a son, my oldest, in the United States", he said.

Before the end of his term, Obama relaxed certain restrictions on Cuba.

Last year, the Obama administration opened up Cuba to US travelers essentially on the honor system - allowing travelers to self-report their trip's objective. The rules will take effect when the Treasury Department has the regulations ready.

During a November 2 appearance in Miami, Trump told supporters, "we will cancel Obama's one-sided Cuban deal made by executive order, if we do not get the deal we want, and the deal that people living in Cuba and here deserve". The 2000 law would be somewhat of a shield for those sales when President Trump realigns US policy toward Havana, scheduled in Miami on Friday.

Trump is expected to announce the changes Friday at Miami's Manual Artime Theater surrounded by prominent Cuban-Americans who back the move.

In Miami which is the Bay of Pigs Veterans Group, Bridge 2506 expected the Trump might announce significant changes to the Obama U.S - Cuba policy.

Embassies will remain open and money sent by Cubans will be unaffected.

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. -Cuban detente. Now, some two thirds of its clientele are Americans.

According to Williams, people want the rapprochement to continue, they are excited by the opportunities it brings, and what may happen on Friday is a call to redouble the efforts. Rather, it is the smart use of US economic power to continue to put pressure on the Castro regime for its continued human-rights abuses, even as Americans interact directly with the Cuban people.

If Cubans and Americans don't want new barriers erected between their countries, who is President Trump trying to help? That Rubio had dinner at the White House the night before the hearing fed speculation that Rubio went soft to get his way on Cuba. The new Trump policy will require greater documentation. Likewise, Gaviota, the military-run tourism company which already makes hundreds of millions of dollars off visitors every year, has significantly increased its revenue since the sanctions loosening, and aims to double the amount of hotel rooms under its control in the next three years, spurred in large part by USA visitors to the island. The company is run by Gen. Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, Cuban President Raul Castro's son-in-law.

A person wearing a Donald Trump mask celebrates the death of Fidel Castro, Nov. 26, 2016, in the Little Havana area in Miami.




The President's Cuba tidings could be more severe than previously imagined. Some farm-state lawmakers want to allow US financing of exports to Cuba.

"We are at an important moment in the relationship between the United States and Cuba", Sorenson said.

The results have been uneven. He said he would "stand with the Cuban people in their fight against communist oppression", and went on to win about half the Cuban vote in Florida in the presidential election.

"New restrictions on engagement with Cuban economy only pushes Cuba to China and Russian Federation who will gladly make up the difference", said Ben Rhodes, the architect of Obama's Cuba policy. Since sales began in 2001, $5.35 billion in food and farm products has been shipped to Cuba, with chicken meat usually the leading item, according to the U.S. -Cuba Trade and Economic Council, which tracks commerce between the nations. The strategy needs more time, they argue, and policymakers should trust in the power of markets and free information to deliver desired change.

When Obama lifted the ban on Americans bringing Cuba's fabled cigars and rum home from travel overseas for personal use, many took the opportunity to light one up and sip a glass of añejo.

An increase in tourism and hotel construction has been one of the few bright spots in the Cuban economy.

The new limits on US business deals will target the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), a conglomerate involved in all sectors of the economy, including hotels, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Cuban state news outlets have barely covered such reports but they have trickled through via illegal satellite television and conversations with relatives overseas.

Rolling back Obama era reforms will hurt the Cuban people the most. The administration said the policy directs new regulations to be developed.

Human rights experts concede that the Cuban government can do better to improve conditions for its people but are adamant travel plays a pivotal role in producing positive change.

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