Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Trump to announce curbs on business with Cuban military

Trump to announce curbs on business with Cuban military

President Trump will on Friday announce his plans to ban Americans traveling to Cuba for tourism purposes and also clamp down on business dealings of the United States with Cuban military, fulfilling one of his campaign promises.

Tourism to the island is still strictly prohibited, but White House officials said that enforcement of the ban has been lagging. 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. According to the draft, Donald Trump will justify those actions on the grounds that these respond to 'key interests of national security and solidarity with the Cuban people.' Such an argument, however, is contrary to what has been recently expressed by a great number of economic, political and social circles, stressing the rapprochement to Cuba as the most beneficial for both nations.

Trump is expected to roll back several aspects of Barack Obama's opening towards Cuba. Less than a year later, the U.S. Embassy in Havana re-opened, and Obama paid a historic visit to Havana in 2016.

Meanwhile, there will be no changes to " wet foot, dry foot " policy, which allows Cubans who arrive in the USA without visas to stay, an official said.

Obama's policies reflect the fundamental belief that political change on the island will come by empowering the private sector in Cuba, like those businesswomen. And U.S. companies will still be allowed to support telecommunications and Internet service on the island. The trips were made easier by the resumption of scheduled commercial air service from the US for the first time in decades.

For almost 50 years Cuban exiles have gathered on 8th street, including Cuban-American Orlando Atienta, who said he's been visiting since he was 5 years old.

However, the administration wants to ensure that it is not involuntarily or directly providing financial help to the Raul Castro regime and that it is not violating the law, Tillerson said on Tuesday.

An official said that the president was anxious that current policies were enriching the Cuban military.

But Trump is expected to make it tougher for Americans to visit and do business on the island while blasting Cuba's alleged human right abuses and harboring of USA fugitives.

Now, she thinks trump would be making a big mistake by tightening USA restrictions on the island nation.

A Cuban official told CNN that the country is not anxious about new restrictions on cigars, because it will simply sell them elsewhere.

"America has rejected the Cuban people's oppressors", Trump said in Miami's Little Havana, the cradle of Cuban-American resistance to Castro's government.

Among the new restrictions likely to impact Americans, Trump will prohibit individual educational trips to Cuba. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) played a "central" role in helping the administration recast the policy, one official said, while other members of Congress were instrumental as well.

"U.S. private sector engagement can be a positive force for the kind of change we all wish to see in Cuba", said Myron Brilliant, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce executive vice president and head of worldwide affairs. It argues that the government carries out human rights abuses, though many policy experts believe the new regulations will not improve human rights in Cuba.

"When he's cutting back on travel, he's hurting us, the Cuban entrepreneurs", said Camilo Diaz, a 44-year-old waiter in a restaurant in Havana.

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