Trump policy to take harder line on Cuba

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He will also leave in place some other tangible measures implemented by his Democratic predecessor, including the resumption of direct U.S. -Cuba commercial flights, though Trump's more restrictive policy seems certain to dampen new economic ties overall.

White House officials say there will be some exceptions.

Additionally, although the former president lowered the restrictions on travel, US citizens are required to declare the reason for travels under one of 12 sections and tourism is not listed. Marco Rubio tweeted Thursday.

While commercial air regulations to Cuba were not slated to change, analysts had mixed reactions to the potential impact of the policy on US carriers that offer flights to Cuban airports.

"Our policy is to focus effort on assisting the Cuban people, not enriching the Cuban military", one top adviser said, an implicit charge that the Obama administration did just that. His aides contend that Obama's easing of USA restrictions has done nothing to advance political freedoms in Cuba, while benefiting the Cuban government financially.

Trump will probably not recommend putting Cuba back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Trump will not go so far as to sever diplomatic ties with Havana or shutter the USA embassy that reopened there in 2015.

Former President Barack Obama made it easier to travel to Cuba, do business there, re-established diplomatic relations with the island nation, and ended the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that gave Cuban illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. "But restoring restrictions on travel and commerce are unlikely to lead to improvement". This strategy might be a wayto balance the conflicting demands between those who advocate either isolating or engaging Cuba.

President Trump is planning to announce changes in its relationship with Havana on Friday, including restrictions on Americans' travel to the island and doing business with the Cuban military, according to accounts of new policies published Thursday. "Cites HR concerns in Cuba and leading HR group opposes him acting", Rhodes tweeted on Tuesday, noting that the group Human Rights Watch said reversing Obama's actions "will not improve respect for human rights on the island".

A partial rollback in US changes toward Cuba will probably have a chilling effect on the modest advances in trade, travel, communication, and other financial transactions between the two former Cold War foes.

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Changes expected include an explicit ban on all business between U.S. companies and Cuban counterparts that are controlled by the military.

Trump said throughout the 2016 campaign that he was willing to rollback diplomatic relations with the communist regime in Cuba. And that does not include Cuban-American travelers, which amounted to 329,496 in 2016.

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

Survey after survey shows that a majority of Americans, Cuban-Americans, and Cubans in the island favor greater economic ties between the United States and Cuba.

A decreasing number of USA travelers to Cuba would hurt the fledgling private sector of the country's economy, mainly composed of cuentapropistas, or self-employed workers.

One such farm is the family-run and owned Montesino.

The moves come after the US made steps to engage Cuba during the Obama administration.

Trump is expected to announce the changes Friday at Miami's Manual Artime Theater surrounded by prominent Cuban-Americans who back the move.

But now, if US citizens want to travel for any of those exempt reasons, according to the Herald they will have to provide detailed records and plans showing what they will be doing while in Cuba and keep extensive records of all financial transactions within Cuba for five years to make available for the Treasury Department if requested.

Jorge Duany is director of the Cuban Research Institute and professor of anthropology at Florida International University.

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