President Trump to Announce New Cuba Policy

Former President Obama re-established diplomatic ties, ended the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that gave Cuban illegal immigrants a path to citizenship, made it easier to do business on the island, and loosened travel restrictions.

According to their report titled "Inside Marco Rubio's campaign top shape Trump's Cuba crackdown", eight officials who were involved in drafting President Trump's policy towards Cuba to feel his agenda achieved "escape velocity" thanks to Rubio.

In a Thursday briefing call, reporters pressed officials on why the Trump administration is emphasizing Cuba's human rights issues when the White House has previously demonstrated interest in working with other problematic regimes. Now that the two countries are talking, this is no time to stop. Details will depend on regulations to be written in coming months by the U.S. Commerce and Treasury Departments, which will be tasked with turning the presidential memorandum into policy.

In this August 31, 2016 photo, two passengers deplane from JetBlue flight 387 waving a United States, and Cuban national flag, in Santa Clara.

"At the very least, we were expecting to see the start of investment in Cuba, as well as greater political opening of the Cuban government and the diversification of the island's economy", said Torrico.

President Trump's rollback of Mr. Hussein Obama's policy has drawn some opposition from American businesses and the travel industry, which have begun making inroads on the island.

The commander in chief is expected to make the announcement at the Manuel Artime Theater, located at 900 SW 1st Ave., Friday afternoon.

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

President Trump will be in Miami Friday to unveil his new Cuba policy, which will reverse some of his predecessor's normalization measures.

By restricting individual U.S.travel to Cuba, the new policy also risks cutting off a major source of income for Cuba's private business sector, which the policy is meant to support.

Yuri Barroso, a business promotions expert in Cuba, told Reuters that if the country were to lose its support from usa tourists, it would cause serious financial "pain for many Cubans". Fin formerly worked as the Miami Bureau Producer for Fox News Channel where he covered Florida Politics & Latin America.

Saying that the aim was to fix what Trump has called a "bad deal" struck by Obama with Havana, one USA official said the new administration would leave the door open to improved relations if Cuba undertakes democratic reforms such as allowing free and fair elections and the release of political prisoners.

In one of the most important changes, transactions with the Business Administration Group, S.A - GAESA - will be prohibited.

Obama eliminated the tour requirement, allowing tens of thousands of Americans to book solo trips and spend their money with individual bed-and-breakfast owners, restaurants and taxi drivers. These expectations will include releasing political prisoners, free elections, and direct pay to Cuban workers. And U.S. companies will still be allowed to support telecommunications and Internet service on the island.

  • Zachary Reyes