To the list of things former President Barack Obama did that President Donald Trump is undoing, go ahead and add Cuba.
Two and a half years ago, Obama, with great fanfare, announced an easing of the decades-long travel and trade restrictions on the island nation’s authoritarian regime, arguing that the policies had not worked and were only punishing ordinary Cubans.
Donald Trump declares The New restrictions on Cuba trade and travel today
The president travels to Miami on Friday to “make an announcement on US-Cuba policy,” said Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders at a press conference.
New Policies For Travelers
Nor will Trump’s policy restrict visits by Cuban-Americans to their relatives or reverse the reopening of formal diplomatic ties, the second official said. “You can’t put the genie back in the bottle 100 percent,” the official said.
The crackdown on travel will end what had become an easy way for Americans to visit Cuba.
Business And Trades Policies
Trump’s new policy will not prevent U.S. travelers from bringing back Cuban rum and cigars or stop airlines and cruise ships from offering routine service. It would also not restore the immigration advantage Cuban refugees have had for decades if they managed to reach dry land in the United States ― the “wet foot, dry foot” policy.
They would also make it illegal for Americans to do business with entities controlled by the Cuban military or intelligence services. This would prohibit individuals from staying at state-owned hotels and would ban U.S. businesses from trading with state-controlled enterprises.
Reactions To New Policies
Supporters of Obama’s changes, while grateful Trump does not plan to reverse everything Obama did, nevertheless criticized the policy as a step in the wrong direction. Jiménez said that the way the Cuban economy is structured, with so many enterprises tied to the military, blocking trade with entities connected to the Cuban military would basically block trade, period.
“That’s a backdoor way of effectively stifling all commerce,” she said.
As per the Tillerson, “As we’re developing these business relationships and as we’re enjoying the benefits on the economic and development side, are we inadvertently or directly providing financial support to the regime? Our view is we are”.
And he also added, “And the question is … how do we bring that back into compliance with longstanding statutory obligations?”. It has anticipated that Trump will also urge the Cuban government to improve its respect for human rights.