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Trump to announce plan to stop cash flow to Cuban military

Prominent Free Market Proponents Discourage Trump From Cuba Policy Rollback Tightening Cuba restrictions, Trump again chips away at Obama's legacy
Saul Franklin | 16 June, 2017, 06:25

Trump isn't overturning Obama's decision to end the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that allowed most Cuban migrants who made it onto USA soil to stay and eventually become legal permanent residents.

The memo outlining the new policy does not say whether Trump will close any embassies or break off diplomatic relations, which were restored by the Obama administration in 2015. "Why are we committing commerce that benefits the Cuban military and intelligence services". Marco Rubio, both Cuban-American Republicans from South Florida.

This week, President Donald Trump will reportedly announce the re-imposition of certain economic sanctions on Cuba that were unwound during the recent diplomatic thaw between the United States and its southern neighbor. They believe that the more contact Cubans and Americans have and the more opportunities Cubans have to form entrepreneurial ventures - helped by Americans - the more pressure there will be for the political system to change on the island.

Selling Cuban cigars, importing Cuban cigars and having Cuban cigars shipped to America remain illegal.

The new policy would eliminate one of 12 different categories of travel Obama allowed-individual, so-called "people-to-people" travel.

Though they do not go as far as some feared, the Trump policy changes laid out in the Miami Herald and Politico on Thursday take a harsher stance than the relative rapprochement in recent years and could dramatically affect US business on the island.

These changes will affect Cuba's burgeoning tourist industry that has lured Americans who had always been attracted by the island just 90 miles from Florida but impossibly out of reach thanks to long-standing sanctions. He questioned what the harm was with sticking to Mr. Obama's changes and seeing what happens.

Despite those attitudes, Trump himself will harken back to the 1960s when he announces his new policy on Friday. And travelers seeking "people-to-people" contact will have to sign up with an organized tour group.

"These people are benefitting greatly, not only from Americans spending money, but sharing their ideas with them", said Collin Laverty, founder and president of Cuba Educational Travel.

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Trump, according to officials, decry the Castro regime for human rights abuses against peaceful activists and protesters and is expected to demand the extradition of Assata Shakur, a former member of the Black Panther Party who was convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper. That could have far-reaching effects since the military touches nearly every corner of the Cuban economy. For example, payments to hotels owned by the military will be prohibited. The delayed announcement suggests that opposing forces have been tearing at the White House. USA airlines and cruise ships restored service to the communist-run island.

"There are about 50 or 60 Wi-Fi hot spots in Havana".

"I'm Cuban. So, I'm seeing my side my people and what's been happening in the past two years has been helping my people", Maceda said. "That has also happened as a result of normalization and I just can't imagine backtracking on something like that". Even among Cuban-Americans in South Florida, almost two-thirds want to lift the USA embargo. Only the U.S. Congress can lift the embargo, and lawmakers, especially those of Cuban heritage, like Sen.

A Morning Consult poll released by the group Engage Cuba earlier this week said that 65% of voters surveyed support Obama's Cuba policy, including 64% of Republicans.

The actions, however, are far from a full rollback of the policies Obama champion in the latter half of his administration.

"You'll definitely see some changes or provisions".

The government says Cuba's electoral system is one of the world's most democratic because municipal assembly delegates are nominated by neighbors and do not have to belong to the Communist Party.

Trump threatened to "terminate" these policies made by Obama while on the campaign trail. It could return US-Cuban relations to the chilly days of the Cold War.

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