Trump set to roll back Obama policy on Cuba

"For tour operators, that means stricter audits by the government on legal people-to-people travel in Cuba, which requires travelers to legitimately fall into one of the 12 exemption categories". Fin formerly worked as the Miami Bureau Producer for Fox News Channel where he covered Florida Politics & Latin America.

The policy is likely to tighten some rules on travel and trade, and partly roll back former President Barack Obama's opening toward the island, USA officials and people familiar with the matter have told Reuters. Similar to past administrations, the Trump Administration believes its initiatives can lead to free elections, direct pay for Cuban workers, freedom for political prisoners, among others results. "It does not target the Cuban people but the measures are created to restrict the flow of money to oppressive elements of the Cuban regime". Cuban officials proudly say they have already withstood over 50 years of punishing USA sanctions.

The confirmation, made by the second spokesman of White House in the daily press conference, comes after days of speculation in Washington about the announcement of a hardening of the policy of Barack Obama. The goal is to halt the flow of USA cash to the country's military and security services in a bid to increase pressure on Cuba's government. Trump is also expected to keep the US embassy in Havana, which reopened under Obama in 2015.

Commercial flights, which resumed for the first time in 50 years last summer, will still continue between the US and Cuba. Remittances to Cuba won't be cut off.

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USA visitors also will be prohibited from staying in any hotels doing business with the Cuban military, including the Four Points Sheraton, which Starwood took over from the military in a deal the Obama administration approved.

Early reports from Washington indicate President Trump is vowing to keep his campaign pledge to anti-Castro hardliners in south Florida.

The U.S. Commerce and Treasury Departments will restrict the flow of money to the regime, which the administration said has only paid lip service to reforms promised two years ago.

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The event comes almost two years after the US and Cuba formally restored relations, an occasion marked by the reopening of a USA embassy in Havana, on July 20, 2015.

On the stage in Miami, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., said the USA would no longer have to witness the "embarrassing spectacle" of an American president glad-handing with a dictator. In December 2014, Obama normalized relations with the nation after more than five decades of a hard line toward the nation aimed at weakening the Castro regime. "You have not betrayed us - you kept your promise".

Trump's policy aims to shift the flow of US money from the Cuban military that controls much of the economy to the emerging private sector. Less than a year later, the U.S. Embassy in Havana re-opened. Cubans who make their way to the US without authorization will still be returned to the island, just like unauthorized visitors from other countries.

The trade embargo remains in place under Trump.

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In one of the most important changes, transactions with the Business Administration Group, S.A - GAESA - will be prohibited. 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.

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