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Trump to announce plan to stop cash flow to Cuban military

Pammachio Corsino | 17 Giugno, 2017, 04:22

Trump's policy keeps a U.S. Embassy open in Havana and allows U.S. airlines and cruise ships to continue service to Cuba.

Obama's policy shift had allowed visitors to travel to the island for educational purposes but loosely enforced that restriction to the point of seeming to allow tourism in practice.

Several Obama policies will remain.

Trump's changes in Cuba policy include prohibiting "financial transactions, including transactions incidental to travel with GAESA and its affiliates, subsidiaries, and successors", CNN reported.

Anti-embargo and human rights advocates weren't impressed with the new policies. "All the (U.S. economic) embargo has brought upon Cuba is misery".

From there, two lawmakers - and not the State Department - got in the driver's seat with Trump, sources tell FP.

"If President Trump returns to the Cold War rhetoric of isolation, we will revert to a politicization of human rights on both sides, which will be detrimental to advancing independent scrutiny of Cuba's human rights situation", she continued. That process will take about 30 days to initiate, and then, an unforeseen amount of time from there. But because Cuban rules requires tour groups to have government guides and use state-run tour buses, the requirement has given the Cuban government near-total control of travelers' itineraries and funneled much of their spending to state enterprises. The record number of tourists was led by a big jump in visits from the United States and Europe.


Trump aides said Rubio was "very helpful" to the administration as it spent months reviewing the policy. "These personal, cultural, and commercial relationships 90 miles off our shore are our best bet for creating a more open society". "Easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people".

Marriott International Inc (MAR.O) on Friday urged the White House to improve relations with post-Castro Cuba and recognise tourism as a strategic tool in the effort.

Asked whether companies that have already signed Cuban contracts, such as Starwood Hotels and Resorts, should expect to lose money, an official said, "that will be handled in the specifics of regulations by Treasury and Commerce".

President Donald Trump announced on Friday a rollback of some of the Obama administration's policies that loosened restrictions on United States-Cuba economic relations. "And that I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands".

But there will be changes that are expected to limit some of the 400,000 people expected to visit Cuba this year.

"You can't put the genie back in the bottle 100 percent", a senior administration official explained Thursday. "I look forward to hearing exactly what he's going to say today".

"Effective immediately, I am cancelling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba", Mr Trump declared as he made a full-throated verbal assault on the government of Cuban President Raul Castro. Supporters expressed appreciation for Trump's emphasis on human rights in Cuba.

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