Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

President Trump to Announce Changes to Cuba Policy in Miami

President Trump to Announce Changes to Cuba Policy in Miami

The U.S. Embassy in Havana, which reopened in August 2015, will remain as a full-fledged diplomatic outpost. But he will impose new limits on commercial transactions that involve the Cuban military. "That the largest hotel company in the world, a competitor, is not allowed to renew its license" to operate in the country? asked Julia Sweig, a longtime Cuba scholar and former adviser to Starwood who has called for normalizing relations with the island.

The new restrictions were championed by Sen. Marco Rubio - who were experts on Cuba policy. Both men plan to be on hand when Trump announces the changes in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, Friday afternoon.

"The president said, 'Look, I want to do this, '" Rubio said.

"The goal of these policies is very simple", Rubio said in a message posted on Facebook.

"The new policy centers on the belief that the oppressed Cuban people - rather than the oppressive Castro regime's military and its subsidiaries - should benefit from American engagement with the island", said a Trump administration statement obtained by USA TODAY. Backers of Obama's policy scrambled, releasing polls showing support for Cuba engagement, writing letters to the White House, and filing legislation in Congress in a show of force to Trump.

Under Trump's order, the Treasury and Commerce Departments will be given 30 days to begin writing new regulations and they will not take effect until they are complete.

During a November 2 appearance in Miami, Trump told supporters, "we will cancel Obama's one-sided Cuban deal made by executive order, if we do not get the deal we want, and the deal that people living in Cuba and here deserve".

The bar, which serves cocktails with a view over the capital while DJs spin electronic sets, was created in part to cater to a tourist boom in the wake of the U.S.

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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. This strategy might be a wayto balance the conflicting demands between those who advocate either isolating or engaging Cuba. They are suggesting Trump implement the stricter policy on Cuba. And travelers seeking "people-to-people" contact will have to sign up with an organized tour group.

Another harsher measure - but one considered less likely to be implemented - would be reverting to regulations requiring US travelers to seek a special license to travel to Cuba.

"We know the difficulties with the Cuban media on being able to report some things and this is why we are pushing for more and more Americans there, more smartphones and greater command of Internet so these things can be more visible to as many people as possible". The military's business arm owns vast real estate and financial holdings touching almost every corner of Cuba's economy, making deals with them hard to avoid. But in terms of issues that directly affect and painfully divide this country - our chronic illegal drug consumption crisis, for example, but especially our illegal immigration quandary - Central America's frightening poverty, corruption and drug-gang violence emergencies are more critical.

The figure, reported Tuesday by Cuba's ambassador to Washington, Jose Ramon Cabanas, is equal to the total US visitor arrivals in all of 2016.

"There are about 50 or 60 Wi-Fi hot spots in Havana". "That has also happened as a result of normalization and I just can't imagine backtracking on something like that".

"New restrictions on engagement with Cuban economy only pushes Cuba to China and Russian Federation who will gladly make up the difference", said Ben Rhodes, the architect of Obama's Cuba policy. American visits would likely drop, hurting both USA airlines and accommodation services operating there, as well as the Cuban tourism industry. Dozens of US businesses and agricultural interests are operating in Cuba or want to, potentially worth billions of dollars a year. He's embraced the Philippines' Duterte, who boasts of extra-judicial killings, and granted Egypt's president a White House welcome, to say nothing of a bromance with Vladimir Putin that would make Oliver Stone blush. But they argue, economic isolation didn't topple the Castro government either, despite more than a half-century of trying. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated it's necessary for the Trump administration to conduct the top-to-bottom review of U.S - Cuba policy. "Is it as much as we'd like to see?"

Ahead of Friday's remarks, the Cuban government - including Cuban President Raul Castro - is signaling a willingness to negotiate with Trump. "But the idea of returning to something that we know does not work doesn't make any sense". "As I say, there may be some small steps, some small negative steps, but I think reality will win out".

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