Trump unveils new restrictions on travel, business with Cuba

President Trump on Friday announced the rollback of Obama-era changes to USA diplomatic and economic policy with Cuba, declaring the 2014 deal "terrible and misguided".

"The previous administration easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people they only enrich the Cuban regime", said President Trump.

"A free Cuba is what we will soon achieve", Trump said during his speech in Florida.

President Donald Trump plans to ban USA businesses from dealing with Cuba's military establishment, a sprawling enterprise with links to virtually every aspect of the country's economy.

The U.S. Embassy in Havana, which reopened in August 2015, will remain as a full-fledged diplomatic outpost.

As President Donald Trump spoke in front of a largely supportive crowd inside a Little Havana theater Friday, detailing his plans to roll back several policy moves regarding the relationship between America and Cuba, groups of opponents and supporters stood outside voicing their opinions.

The Arizona Republican says any policy change "that diminishes the ability of Americans to travel freely to Cuba is not in the best interests of the United States or the Cuban people".

"A year and a half ago an American president landed in Havana and out stretched his hand to a regime".

As he spoke, The White House released a fact sheet on the key policy changes, which included enhancing restrictions to better enforce the ban on USA tourism to Cuba. "You went out and you voted, and here I am", the president told the audience.

The change in the US posture toward Cuba under Trump marks the latest policy about-face by the president.

Travel and money sent by Cuban Americans will be unaffected, but Americans will be unable to spend money in state-run hotels or restaurants tied to the military, which the Miami Herald called "a significant prohibition".

The president will be joined by Florida Senator Marco Rubio who is considered a key participant in the decision-making process for the changes.

The tweet reads, "Headed to Miami to announce new USA policy on Cuba".

Acosta continued by pointing out that "when he [Trump] says that he is completely canceling the Obama administration's policy on Cuba, that's not the case, as he acknowledged later on in his remarks". "Those demands will include religious and political freedom for the Cuban people and the freeing of political prisoners".

Myron Brilliant, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce executive vice president and head of worldwide affairs, told the Associated Press that the U.S. private sector engagement can be a positive force for the kind of change most wish to see in Cuba. "And at the same time they welcome laws, activities that the USA would use to pressure the Cuban government to better allow them to do their work".

Trump's new measures are created to exert more pressure on Havana to reform itself. "We'll take concrete steps to ensure that investments flow directly to the people so that they can open private business so that they can begin to build their country's great, great future".

  • Zachary Reyes