Trump soon expected to target Obama's legacy in US-Cuba ties

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Trump soon expected to target Obama's legacy in US-Cuba ties
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13 June, 2017

Citing sources familiar with the White House discussion of Trump's Cuba policy, the Washington Post reported that the policy changes could include a ban on US business with the Cuban military and new restrictions on USA leisure travel to Cuba.

Given the interest from both American businessmen and general public about improving tourism and trade with Cuba, "I could see some symbolic changes to policies - perhaps more scrutiny of reasons for traveling to Cuba - but not a rollback", Dan Mahaffee, an analyst with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, told Xinhua. According to a statement from Engage Cuba, the poll finds that a move to tighten restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba would be largely unpopular within the Republican base of President Donald Trump.

According to Guillen, while the USA political establishment in general wants to see Cuba "making progress on human rights", President Trump may also seek to fulfill his campaign promise to hold Havana "more accountable" in that regard.

Unconfirmed reports said the White House is thinking of reducing the number of visits to Cuba a person can make to one a year.

Tourism to Cuba remains illegal under USA law but has become allowable under many circumstances.

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Other ideas under discussion, the people familiar with the matter said, include guidelines that would require Americans to formally explain how their travel to Cuba benefits the USA and the Cuban people, as well as increased scrutiny of travelers and the frequency of their visits. One advocate of Obama's policies said a change would have less impact on a vacationer than on people seeking to do business or on Cuban-Americans who want to visit family on the island on a regular basis.

In December 2014, in the most sweeping change in U.S.

In an interview, Insight Cuba president Tom Popper said he doesn't expect major changes to Obama's Cuba policy, and he definitely doesn't think Trump will put an end to the normalization process.

James Williams, president of Engage Cuba, a Washington-based group lobbying to end the 55-year old US trade embargo against Cuba, said that changes to Obama's policy could have unintended consequences for USA businesses and jobs. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.


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