Can Trump really roll back Obama's Cuba policy?
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 10:10
Senior White House officials who briefed reporters on the announcement say Obama's overtures had enriched Cuba's military while repression increased on the island.
"Individual people-to people travel has the highest risk of abuse", said one official, but did not elaborate on examples of any alleged malfeasance. Fin formerly worked as the Miami Bureau Producer for Fox News Channel where he covered Florida Politics & Latin America.
According to the Guardian, under President Trump's plans, diplomatic relations with Cuba will remain in place, and so will commercial flights to the country. Earlier this year, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the Trump administration would conduct a "top-to-bottom" review of U.S. -Cuba policy.
A Cuban official told CNN that the country is not anxious about new restrictions on cigars, because it will simply sell them elsewhere.
However, traveling to Cuba in the future is expected to again become more hard under changes imposed by the Trump administration. US tourism has been booming since relations between Washington and Havana were resumed. The new policy will restrict this kind of travel for individuals. His aides contend that Obama's easing of US restrictions amounted to "appeasement" and has done nothing to advance political freedoms in Cuba, while benefiting the Cuban government financially. His aides contend that Obama's easing of US restrictions has done nothing to advance political freedoms in Cuba, while benefiting the Cuban government financially.
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.
Under the order, the Treasury and Commerce Departments will be given 30 days to begin writing new regulations and they will not take effect until they are complete.
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Trump, who has in the past criticized Obama's decision to re-establish relations with the nation, will announce new restrictions on trade and travel to the country, undoing the work of his predecessor.
Sen. Marco Rubio, a Miami Republican who proposed similar restrictions in a bill two years ago, said that the goal of the policy change is to help Cuba's private sector.
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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".