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However, even with an embargo and ban on tourism, Trump will retain one part of the Obama era Cuban policy; he will keep the USA embassy in that country open.

The new rules include prohibitions on Americans spending money on businesses controlled by the military, which has a wide reach in the Cuban economy.

Prior to the announcement, the industry was estimating 400,000 Americans would visit Cuba this year. "They are rejected, officially, today". It is also likely that there will be more strict enforcement of OFAC regulations on returning travelers, particularly those traveling individually, and requests for proof of activities and expenditures. The ability of Americans to travel freely on vacation to the country will be scrapped.

And let's be realistic about the value of trade with the Cuban elite: if more trade and investment is supposed to lead to improving the average Cuban's life and more open politics, why haven't the decades of tourism, trade, and investment Cuba has with scores of European countries led to anything positive for the Cuban people?

A group of 55 Cuban businesspeople sent a letter last week to Trump's daughter and adviser, Ivanka, warning against the policy changes. USA investors and tourists will not be permitted to engage with the military's tourism and manufacturing conglomerates.

That could provide a reprieve for construction projects already under development in conjunction with GAESA, like Sheraton's Four Points hotel in Havana.

According to the New York-based Human Rights Watch, Trump has plenty of human rights issues to address at home. USA air carriers and cruise ships will still be allowed to serve on the island.

Trump has called for the strictest application of all USA law regarding tourism to Cuba, trade, and investment. Obama's lop-sided deal was nothing shy of a photo-op for a president in pursuit of a legacy and we can add his support of a Communist dictator to the heap of his failed policies. Trump unveiled his policies in the largely Cuban-American crowd in Miami's Manuel Artime Theater, named after a leader of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961.

Marco Rubio, who helped craft the new policy, continues to sell it, with an op/ed in the Miami Herald, co-authored by Sen.

Some travelers said they understood why Trump did not want US dollars going to the Cuban military but others said it would hurt Cubans who benefited from the recent tourism boom, using generous American tips to support their families. Be mindful that Cuba's pals are Venezuela, Russia and China.

"He said he wanted to "do more to support the Cuban people and promote our values through engagement" because 'these 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked'". With Cubans having increased access to information and entertainment sources from around the world, as well as more contact with global visitors, there is a worry that any protests or widespread social anger would quickly overwhelm the regime's means of control.

In a statement, ASA Vice President and Iowa farmer John Heisdorffer pointed to the lost potential for American soybean farmers in Cuba as the United States takes a step back in its effort to increase opportunities for trade with the island nation.

Speaking in Vienna during a tour of European countries, Rodriguez also said Cuba would not accede to Trump's demand to return fugitives sought by the United States. A former member of the Black Panther Party and other black nationalist groups, Shakur escaped prison in 1979 following a conviction for a 1973 shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike during which a state trooper was killed. He needed a quick and easy foreign policy victory.


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