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Trump Cuba policy reversal means few immediate changes

But the policy continues direct commercial flights between the two countries.

He's firmly anti-Obama, at least, which may be the deeper reason why this policy ended up in the trash.

As reported by El Nuevo Herald's Nora Gámez Torres last week, "Cuban dissidents of various political stripes agree that the United States must make changes to apply pressure to the Raúl Castro regime". Since then, a number of US -based general aviation travelers have visited the Caribbean island nation.

Taking a tougher approach against Havana after promising to do so during the presidential campaign, Trump will outline stricter enforcement of an existing ban on Americans going to Cuba as tourists and will seek to prevent us dollars from being used to fund what the new USA administration sees as a repressive military-dominated government.

This was all part of a broader deal reached between the two countries in 2014 that also involved an exchange of USA and Cuban political prisoners and led to Cuba being taken off the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror.

The State Department says it will publish a list of prohibited military-associated businesses and entities by the time the rules take effect.

Trump also plans stricter enforcement of rules mandating that trips to the island fall within one of 12 categories for legal travel to Cuba, including family visits and educational activities, an administration official said.

"Those of us that are in favor of engagement with the Cuban government don't understand [Trump's] policy - nobody does, even his own people", Fox continued.

During an appearance in Miami, the president said his policy intends to take money out of the hands of the Cuban military. The announcement led Obama to visit Cuba in 2016, making him the first sitting president to visit the island in more than 50 years.

"Cuba has proven to be a popular destination among our customers so we are pleased to learn that Americans will continue to be able to experience Cuba by cruise ship and through authorized people-to-people group travel".

Online lodging booker Airbnb was allowed into Cuba, and commercial flights between the USA and Cuba resumed after more than half a century.

"America has rejected the Cuban people's oppressors", Mr Trump said in Miami's Little Havana, the cradle of Cuban-American resistance to Mr Castro's government.

In an early morning tweet, he said: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" After all, 50 years of tough United States policies toward Cuba failed to achieve the desired political, social, and economic reforms inside the island nation.

The primary concern in the president's policy, he said, is ending oppression of the Cuban people and rampant crime. The company is run by Gen. Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, Raul Castro's son-in-law.

"America stands with the persecuted, the oppressed, and the exploited in Cuba", Pence exclaimed. "We do not want USA dollars to prop up a military monopoly that exploits and abuses the citizens of Cuba", Trump pledged.

The Castro government is certain to reject Trump's list of demands, which includes releasing political prisoners, halting what the US says is abuse of dissidents and greater freedom of expression.

Critics of the rapprochement said Obama was giving too much away without extracting concessions from the Cuban government.

Florida Governor Rick Scott followed Rubio by saying that President Obama's policy was a "capitulation" but Trump's "will stand for freedom".

"We had dinner with Sen".

The new rules restricting financial dealings with Cuban companies with links to the country's military and intelligence services could stall future American development on the island.

President Donald Trump speaks about Cuba policy, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Miami.

Trump aides say Obama's efforts amounted to "appeasement" and have done nothing to advance political freedoms in Cuba, while benefiting the Cuban government financially. Now, you can't justify a trip to Cuba as a "people to people" trip unless it's through a U.S. Treasury Department-licensed group. Especially in Southern Florida, where Cubans make up a key voting bloc for Republicans, Trump railed on Obama for building relations with the Castros.

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