President Trump to Announce Changes to Cuba Policy in Miami

Tightening Cuba restrictions Trump again chips away at Obama's legacy

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.

Trump's new policy will ban transactions with the Grupo de Administracion Empresarial S.A., a business controlled by the Cuban military. According to the draft, Donald Trump will justify those actions on the grounds that these respond to 'key interests of national security and solidarity with the Cuban people.' Such an argument, however, is contrary to what has been recently expressed by a great number of economic, political and social circles, stressing the rapprochement to Cuba as the most beneficial for both nations. Born in Cuba and raised in the U.S., Godinez maintains close ties with his native country, collaborating with Cuban artists and co-teaching American students alongside Cuban scholars in Cuba.

Trump also will not reinstate the "wet foot, dry foot" policy, which allowed Cubans who reached US soil to stay.

They watched. almost two years ago, then-U.S. President Barack Obama pursued, and secured, a thaw in relations with its longtime nemesis Cuba and the Castro government.

Outright tourism to Cuba is prohibited by the embargo, but Obama had relaxed travel rules, allowing non-Cuban Americans to go under one of 12 legally authorized categories.

However, the administration wants to ensure that it is not involuntarily or directly providing financial help to the Raul Castro regime and that it is not violating the law, Tillerson said on Tuesday.

That brings us to the second facet of Trump's rollback of former President Obama's engagement with communist Cuba.

"It would be exceedingly disappointing to see the progress that has been made in the last two years halted and reversed by the administration".

"Today, a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba", Rubio said.

Cuba's 1470-word statement Friday night labeled Trump a hypocrite for calling on Cuba to improve human rights, saying the USA government "is threatening more limits on healthcare that would leave 23 million people without insurance. and marginalizes immigrants and refugees, particular those from Islamic countries".

The changes will make it hard for USA citizens to travel to Cuba or continue doing business there.

A Cuban official told CNN that the country is not anxious about new restrictions on cigars, because it will simply sell them elsewhere. Rather, the administration "wants any benefits of commerce to go towards the Cuban people".

On the stage in Miami, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., said the USA would no longer have to witness the "embarrassing spectacle" of an American president glad-handing with a dictator.

While it's not expected to be a full reversal of the measures introduced in 2014, information secured by the Miami Herald has revealed Trump's plans to curtail cash flow between the United States and Cuba.

Trump will issue a presidential memorandum when he delivers his speech at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami's Little Havana district, the heart of America's Cuban-American and Cuban exile community.

The president developed the plan after meeting with members of Congress - including Republican Sen.

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