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Here's a snapshot look at Trump's new guidelines on Cuba

Here's a snapshot look at Trump's new guidelines on Cuba”

HAVANA (AP) - President Donald Trump's announcement of a tougher line toward Cuba has delighted hardliners on the island, who say it reveals the long-held us aim of imposing American will on Cuba and justifies their wariness toward Washington.

Laying out his new Cuba policy in a speech in Miami, Trump will issue a presidential directive to reverse some of the loosened regulations that Obama introduced after a 2014 breakthrough between the two former Cold War foes, senior White House officials said.

Senior White House officials who briefed reporters Thursday on the coming announcement said Obama's overtures had enriched Cuba's military while repression increased on the island.

Fellow Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart also lauded Trump for keeping a campaign promise.

President Donald Trump has a guiding principle for his foreign policy, Sen.

"All the Trump administration is saying is, 'there's one thing we're going to change, and that is we're no longer going to permit individual travelers to purport to be traveling to Cuba under the education exemption, '" said Harry Clark, a partner at Orrick and chair of the law firm's worldwide trade and compliance group.

The new policy will ban most USA business transactions with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), a sprawling conglomerate involved in all sectors of the Cuban economy.

"U.S. tourist visit the private restaurants, they never eat at government- owned restaurants".

President Donald Trump announced a policy shift on Friday that would prohibit solo trips to Cuba, but would allow group trips to continue. The rules also require a daylong schedule of activities created to expose the travelers to ordinary Cubans. Moreover, certain American companies, mostly in the tourism sector, will likely be forbidden to do business with Cuban hotels, all of which are run by the military.

According to the new directive signed by Trump, the USA embassy in Havana, which reopened in August 2015, will remain open.

"U.S. policy toward Cuba should be guided by US national security interests and promoting our values, and the Obama Administration's unilateral concessions to an oppressive Castro regime failed to meet that goal", Gardner said in a statement.

The new policy says Americans will no longer be able to plan their own Cuba trip under a people-to-people exchange license. The problems with this argument are twofold - it exaggerates and underplays the effects of USA engagement in Cuba. Finally, restricting travel and trade and limiting our ability to export American democracy and values will hinder efforts to improve human rights and religious liberties in Cuba.

However, Trump, in a complete reversal, asserted that he will not lift sanctions on Cuba unless it releases all political prisoners and respects freedoms.

However, it said Cuba "reiterates its willingness to continue the respectful dialogue and cooperation" that have taken place with Washington since 2015 when the drive for restored ties began under Obama.

"The last two years have shown that the two countries can cooperate and coexist in a civilized way", it said. The embargo remains in place and unchanged by Trump's policy.



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