Trump to restrict travel and business transactions with Cuban military

A corresponding sentiment is attributed to one of Trump's predecessors, Theodore Roosevelt: "Americans learn only from catastrophe and not from experience".

He's rolling things back to the way they were before President Obama relaxed relations past year. Repeating his absurd claim that the deal to reopen diplomatic relations and allow USA companies to operate on the island was "one-sided" and "terrible and misguided", the Trump administration is speaking not only for wealthy, right-wing Cuban exiles who were part of his base.

The embassies in Havana and Washington will remain open and operational, but the US will revert to its customary stance on opposing U.N. General Assembly resolutions condemning the 57-year-old USA embargo.

Yes, this is the same Donald Trump who declared as president-elect in December that his incoming Administration would "pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past".

Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., were joined by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., in authoring a column for the Miami Herald in praise of Trump's revised policy toward the island nation. One of the changes in the rules would prohibit Americans from traveling to Cuba through the so-called "people-to-people" cultural exchanges. The changes will largely affect the country's travel and tourism industry. Most US presidential candidates dared not to challenge the group for fear of losing critical votes in the swing state of Florida.

How strictly the USA will enforce the restrictions will depend on the regulations federal agencies write - and whether the Cuban government tries to work around them.

Backers of Obama's policy argue tightening travel restrictions will reduce United States tourism and only hurt the very small businesses Trump hopes to help.

The only buyer of USA agricultural goods in Cuba is called Alimport, a state-run entity that isn't connected to the business arm of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, known as GAESA. "They are rejected officially today - rejected".

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While re-frosting the relationship with Cuba would fulfill another of President Trump's campaign promises, it would weaken his position both at home and overseas by not only failing to meet his desired policy outcomes, but also making it more hard for the United States to achieve other policy objectives in the Americas. This sentiment is not only evident in public opinion polls, but also in the fact that the number of Americans visiting Cuba is growing exponentially, with over 600,000 Americans visiting it in 2016. Trump's order simply instructs his administration to begin drafting new rules within 30 days, with no set timeline for completion. "He could at least try to make a fake excuse a little more believable".

At length, Rodriguez also criticized alleged USA human rights abuses.

"It's a bit hypocritical how the USA government addresses human rights violations in different countries", she said.

Still, Rodriguez said, the Cuban government had no intention of meeting Trump's demands, including extraditing USA fugitives from justice, like convicted cop killer Assata Shakur.

According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 75 percent of Americans support improved links between Havana and Washington. A total of 75 percent approve the 2015 decision to re-establish United States relations with Cuba, while 73 percent favor ending the long-standing U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, the survey revealed. Due to the Cuban embargo, Americans are not allowed to spend money in Cuba without a license from the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). "We all know that Raúl Castro and the leadership in Cuba will be fine".

Forcing would-be visitors into organized trips, issuing lists of which establishments they could not visit and auditing those tours would go some way to solving that issue.

"Access Trips' tours will operate as planned, with our eight-day immersive culinary tours as well as our five-day weekend trips to Havana both created to help our guests explore Cuban culture through its cuisine".

  • Phil Peters