Deny U.S. dollars to the Cuban government.
U.S. President Donald Trump is set to announce curbs on U.S. firms doing business with the Cuban military and tighter rules on travel to the island Friday, as he moves to roll back an opening initiated by Barack Obama.
Trump is also expected to announce stricter enforcement of the rules under which Americans can travel to Cuba.
The policy will also ban most American financial transactions with the military-linked conglomerate that dominates much of the Cuban economy, including dozens of hotels, along with state-run restaurants and tour buses.
Trump’s policy will not reinstate wet foot, dry foot, the policy that allowed Cuban immigrants who reached USA soil to remain in the country.
Sources say the new plan won’t touch existing tourism deals, like one that was struck under Obama by Starwood Hotels and USA airlines and cruise lines to the island will likely be exempt.
When Obama lifted the ban on Americans bringing Cuba’s fabled cigars and rum home from travel overseas for personal use, many took the opportunity to light one up and sip a glass of añejo. “It is my hope that in five to 10 years – or less – Cuba will look very different”, he said said, “and people will point to this as the moment that kind of triggered those changes”.
Rubio opposed Obama’s re-engagement with Cuba.
Saying that the aim was to fix what Trump has called a “bad deal” struck by Obama with Havana, one USA official said the new administration would leave the door open to improved relations if Cuba undertakes democratic reforms such as allowing free and fair elections and the release of political prisoners. But even some worldwide human rights groups critical of the Cuban government say that would mean doubling down on a failed policy.
How will the Cuban government respond? By rescinding certain Obama-era Cuba policies, he will go against the advice of Democrats, Republicans and business interests.
“Our view is we are”, Tillerson said.
While the US prohibits tourism to Cuba, the US Treasury Department now allows travelers to “self-license” under 12 different categories of travel, such as educational tours and participating in sporting events.
Cuban diplomat Josefina Vidal told the Miami Herald that more than 600,000 Americans visited the island a year ago, a 34 percent jump from 2014. We shouldn’t be rescuing the Castro regime, but from the standpoint of American foreign policy, our lives would not be better if we added a Cuban succession crisis to the one shaping up in Caracas.
The new policy is scheduled to go into effect in about 90 days. But “the administration’s intent”, the official said, “is not to disrupt existing transactions that have [already] occurred”.
Some said they believe restricting travel to the country may hurt the Cuban people even more, and while they want to help the Cuban people, they don’t believe this is the way to do so.
“While there has been a significant anxiety about this announcement from the administration and its potential impact on travel and tourism to Cuba, the actual adjustments being called for are constructive ways to get everyone’s attention and bring Cuba and the USA closer together in the long term”, Nierenberg adds.
Reversing policy is bad for Cubans, Human Rights Watch said in a statement, “and insisting on human rights progress as a precondition to a new policy is unlikely to bring about change”. And the USA government will police other such trips to ensure there’s a tour group representative along making sure travelers are pursuing a “full-time schedule of educational exchange activities”.
In a contentious internal debate, some aides argued that Trump, a former real estate magnate who won the presidency promising to unleash U.S. business and create jobs, would have a hard time defending any moves that close off the Cuban market.