White House announces new travel and trade restrictions on Cuba

President Donald Trump signed a memorandum vowing to crack down on travel to Cuba in June when he appeared in a theater in Miami's Little Havana to thank Cuban American supporters

President Donald Trump signed a memorandum vowing to crack down on travel to Cuba in June when he appeared in a theater in Miami's Little Havana to thank Cuban American supporters

The U.S. government made it tougher on Wednesday for Americans to book trips and do business with Cuba, making good on a pledge by President Donald Trump to roll back his Democratic predecessor's move toward warmer ties with Havana.

The policy mandates that all American travel to Cuba must be sponsored by a USA -approved Cuban travel agency - one that can be sanctioned, if necessary.

Under new regulations that take effect Thursday, Americans must avoid frequenting a long list of businesses, including hotels, stores, tourist agencies and marinas the Trump administration said are controlled by or act on behalf of Cuban security services.

The regulations specify that tour groups must be run by a USA company and be accompanied by a representative of the organization in a move reversing looser regulations that followed a diplomatic opening brokered by former President Barack Obama in 2015. "Restrictions on trade and travel are hammering Cuba's private sector, which has grown through interaction with USA travelers and US companies, and put the USA on the sidelines, politically and economically, at a time of transition in Cuba".

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The new rules stress that USA commerce should concentrate on private sector businesses in Cuba, and not those with government ties.

Obama said at the time of the detente he reached with Cuban President Raul Castro that he was trying a new approach to Cuba because decades of efforts by Washington to force change by isolating the island had not worked.

The tighter restrictions are not expected to have a significant impact on American travel to Cuba, that has surged in recent years.

"However", it went on to say, "in order to meet the requirement of a full-time schedule, a traveler must engage in additional authorized support for the Cuban people activities". Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a Cuban-American, said the list failed to go far enough because it omitted companies like Gran Caribe Hotel Group and Cubanacan that have ties to the Cuban government.

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"The hypocrisy of the White House ideologues is glaring".

However, Cubans in the fledgling private sector say the Trump administration's more hostile stance toward Havana has already hurt their business.

Under the new rules, most individual visits to Cuba will no longer be allowed, and US citizens will again have to travel as part of a licensed group, accompanied by a group representative.

Groups that advocate for greater engagement with Cuba were dismayed by the administration's announcement, arguing that the new rules would only serve to harm the island's burgeoning private sector economy.

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"U.S. backtracking on Cuba could not come at a worse time", said Collin Laverty, president of Cuba Educational Travel.

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