Trump to announce curbs on business with Cuban military

Lydia Fleming
June 16, 2017

What about Cuban-Americans? A 2016 poll by Florida International University among Cuban-Americans in Miami-Dade County found that 63 percent opposed the continuation of the embargo and 57 percent supported expanding economic relations between US companies and the island.

Trump and others who back the changes want to pressure the Castro regime to allow the island's private sector to grow and to stop beating and imprisoning political opponents, which dissident groups say increased after Obama's diplomatic thaw. Yet Trump is politically indebted to conservative Cuban exiles in Miami who supported him in the past presidential election.

The result will be new restrictions on US business dealings with the Cuban military, which controls most of Cuba's economy, and tighter rules for non-Cuban Americans traveling to the island. A recent report by the Boston Consulting Group said US visitors to Cuba could rise by as much as sevenfold by 2025.

The President also looks set to re-close opened doors to USA business deals with the Cuban government - especially the military and its vast holdings in tourism and other sectors.

Americans - 613,000 of the 4.1 million tourists visiting Cuba previous year - stay disproportionately in Airbnbs, where the money goes directly to Cubans, not the regime, an average of $2,700 yearly, nine times the annual salary of $311. The rules also require a daylong schedule of activities created to expose the travelers to ordinary Cubans.

Trump's approach instead will likely concentrate on restricting travel and trade with the island.

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Cuban-Americans will still be able to travel to Cuba and send remittances, limiting the impact on residents of Florida, where many Cuban emigres settled.

After more than five months in office, President Donald Trump will unveil his new policy toward Cuba on Friday. Some of the details of the changes were released Thursday. Trump's changes would not go into effect until specific new regulations are written and put in place.

Gary Prevost, a professor emeritus at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, talked about what that would mean for Cuba and for the U.S.

Obama worked to enact several changes to Cuban policy during his tenure in the White House. But even some worldwide human rights groups critical of the Cuban government say that would mean doubling down on a failed policy.

Obama announced in December 2014 that he and Cuban leader Raul Castro were restoring diplomatic ties between their countries, arguing that the policy the USA had pursued for decades had failed to bring about change and that it was time to try a new approach.

"We are at an important moment in the relationship between the United States and Cuba", Sorenson said. It spent subsequent decades trying to either overthrow the Cuban government or isolate the island, including toughening an economic embargo first imposed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. However, the policy changes appear to allow Marriott, Starwood's parent company, to continue operating the hotel.

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Cuban-American GOP lawmakers, Sen.

The son of a Cuban immigrant, Rubio opposed Obama's re-engagement with Cuba, saying Obama was making concessions to an "odious regime".

"The goal of these policies is very simple".

Record remittances from the U.S.to Cuba are opening up other new economic opportunities for ordinary citizens.

With the new policy, Trump is expected to claim fulfillment of a campaign promise to the Cuban-American community to tighten the screws on the government of Cuban President Raul Castro. Bringing back Cuban cigars, even for those who had government permission to visit the island, was long illegal.

Barroso said that if the number of US tourists were to fall again, it would cause "pain for many Cubans" who like him worked in the tourism sector and support their family.

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Obama, after years of clandestine work with the Castro regime, announced in 2014 that the United States would re-establish diplomatic relations and reopen the American embassy in Havana, which was closed in 1961 following the Cuban revolution.

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