Trump wants to dismantle Obama-era Cuba policies

Cuban-Americans on Flagler Street near downtown Miami

"You can't put the genie back in the bottle 100 percent", a top White House official said, pushing back against the questions about whether the changes amount to a "half measure" and not a full reversal of Obama's Cuba policies. Obama ended it on January 12. Although Trump lost the Miami area to Hillary Clinton by double digits, he credits support from Cuban-Americans for helping him eke out a narrow victory statewide. "While we are reviewing what this policy could mean for this type of travel, we appreciate that the policy appears to allow us to continue to support Airbnb hosts in Cuba who have welcomed travelers from around the world". Administration officials said that those who had already booked trips before the new policy takes effect would be able to go ahead with their plans, but future travel would be policed more rigorously to ensure it fitted one of twelve authorised categories as part of the Obama rules laid down in 2015. Plus, Julia Sweig, senior research fellow at the University of Texas and the author of several books, including "Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know", explains the complicated history of the U.S. -Cuba relationship.

However, diplomatic relations reestablished by Obama, including reopened embassies in Washington and Havana, will remain and travel and money sent by Cuban Americans will not be affected.

That was a key aim of Obama's painstaking effort to restore ties with the communist-run island, which included a landmark visit there in 2016.

It's unclear just how strict the enforcement will be, but it could make it illegal to purchase Cuban cigars and rum, as both businesses are owned, at least partially, by the government. The sending of family remittances, and transactions such as agricultural product sales, would be allowed to continue in which Cuba is required to pay in cash and in advance.

Could there be a change In U.S. policy toward Cuba?

Trump is not expected to reverse all of President Barack Obama's changes, which were seen as the most significant relaxation of tensions between the United States and Cuba since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution. A source told Fox News the president is also expected to call for the release of Cuban political prisoners, but did not provide further details. "Unfortunately, today's moves actually limit the possibility for positive change on the island and risk ceding growth opportunities to other countries that, frankly, may not share America's interest in a free and democratic Cuba that respects human rights".

Even as Trump predicted a quick end to President Raul Castro's regime, he challenged Cuba to negotiate better agreements for Americans, Cubans and those whose identities lie somewhere in between.

However, these numbers still fall short of U.S. Airlines' expectations, who invested liberally following the promise of potential profits.

Additionally, Trump's new prohibition on financial transactions with entities tied to Cuba's military could effectively curtail some travel to Cuba as well as business there, because the military controls a large portion of the economy.

The trade embargo remains in place under Trump.

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