Cubans brace for worst as Trump takes aim at Obama opening

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The president is reportedly considering limiting visits by US citizens (including Cuban Americans) to Cuba to one per year.According to the Miami Herald, Washington will ban USA businesses from conducting financial transactions with Cuban state entities controlled by the military.

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

According to the Miami Herald, back in September, while at a campaign event in Miami, Trump told a crowd - which the Herald reports was heavily populated with Cuban exiles - that former President Barrack Obama's decision to ease trade and travel restrictions on Cuba hadn't benefitted the Cuban people and was misguided.

Getting to stroll through the colorful streets of Havana may soon be much harder for Americans.

But while certain USA businesses have increased their presence in Cuba and US visitors traveling under general licenses authorizing people-to-people contacts (read: mostly tourism) have increased since 2014, the Castro regime has continued its long-standing practice of brutalizing its own people. U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, and U.S. Sen.

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.

The new policy will prohibit Americans from spending money at businesses owned by the Cuban military through its Grupo de Administracion Empresarial S.A. (GAESA), the most powerful company in Cuba. And they will saddle the US government with the complicated task of policing U.S.travel to Cuba to make sure there are no transactions with the military-linked conglomerate that runs much of the Cuban economy.

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There are also no plans to reinstate the limits that Obama lifted on the amount of the island's coveted rum and cigars that American can bring home for personal use, one White House official said.

The senior White House officials said Trump would direct executive branch agencies to ratchet up enforcement of this banned tourism through regulations. Marco Rubio, Republican Florida. The Department of Treasury will create the new regulations and none of the changes will take effect until the regulations are completed.

Maceda said the diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S.in the last 60 years didn't work.

The details will be announced in a speech to a mainly Cuban-American audience in Miami.

But even some global human rights groups critical of the Cuban government say that would mean doubling down on a failed policy. Dissidents say government repression has increased. When asked, White House officials did not say why the administration did not hold similar thinking for Saudi Arabia, which also has a history of human rights abuse.

Airbnb issued a statement asserting that since it began operating in Cuba two years ago, "Airbnb has helped individual Cuban people earn extra income, and we have seen how travel can break down barriers and promote understanding". Relaxed travel laws allowed hundreds of thousands of Americans to visit Cuba for the first time.

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