In his search for votes in Florida during the presidential campaign, Trump toughened his stance on Cuba and promised to rescind many of Obama's measures. The Trump administration will argue that these businesses fund the oligarchy that runs the Cuban government. Still, Cuba said it is willing to continue "respectful dialogue" with on topics of mutual interest.
Frank Calzon, the president of the nonprofit Center for a Free Cuba, insisted the current policy is not working as they continue to strive for freedom and human rights for the people of a communist nation.
The son of a Cuban immigrant, Rubio opposed Obama's re-engagement with Cuba, saying Obama was making concessions to an "odious regime".
The new Trump policy will also prohibit most commercial transactions that allow money to flow to the Cuban military.
"The president's one-sided deal for Cuba and with Cuba benefits only the Castro regime", Trump said during a campaign rally in Miami on Sep. According to the publication, it probably means that United States travelers will not even be able to stay at a hotel in Old Havana or make use of any tourism service in Cuba. He's expected to unveil his policy in a speech Friday in Miami.
It is notable, however, that Trump's administration is taking a stand against Cuba's human rights abuses when it has made a habit of glossing over the same concerns with countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey. The ostensible goal was to foster a mutual connection between citizens of the two countries in a structured and regulated fashion.
Restoring ties led to spectacular photo opportunities, such as the reopening of the respective embassies in Havana and Washington, but to few concrete advances. Airlines will still be allowed to pay landing fees at Cuban airports, for example. Trump isn't overturning Obama's decision to end the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that allowed most Cuban migrants who made it onto USA soil to stay and eventually become legal permanent residents. "And you can tell where they are because there are dozens of people crowded around there", said Carlos Gutierrez, a Cuban-American who served as Commerce Secretary in the George W. Bush administration.
"My administration's policy will be guided by key USA national security interests and solidarity with the Cuban people", the draft of the five-point, eight-page Presidential Policy Directive reads, Politico reported. Trump's changes would not go into effect until specific new regulations are written and put in place. Once implemented Trump's policy is expected to curtail U.S.travel by creating a maze of rules for Americans to obey.
The new policy also bans any business transactions with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), but with some exceptions, including air and sea travel, shielding US airlines and cruise ship companies now serving the island. Dozens of US businesses and agricultural interests are operating in Cuba or want to, potentially worth billions of dollars a year.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed June 15 that Trump would "make an announcement on US-Cuba policy", but refused to elaborate.
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.
Yet it also exposed the shortcomings in Obama's approach. The embargo, which has the force of law, was not ended under Obama. The new policy will restrict this kind of travel for individuals. It could return US-Cuban relations to the chilly days of the Cold War. Airbnb recently reported that in just over two years, Cubans have earned almost $40 million by hosting tourists in their homes. "We're the ones who are hurt". The Trump administration started a Cuban policy review in February, which included several cabinet agencies that will develop regulations to enforce the White House's Cuba policy.
"It appears the new USA president will arrive with a different Cuba policy that is opposed to that of his predecessor Barack Obama, as we have seen in (the areas of) environment and immigration", Torrico told Xinhua in an interview.
Even family visits in Cuba from US relatives could be in jeopardy. "I have so many friends from Cuba". US travelers now will have to go in authorized groups or with special visas.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., worked with Trump on the changes, pushing for a harder line. Trump is also expected to keep the USA embassy in Havana, which reopened under Obama in 2015.