Trump to announce plan to stop cash flow to Cuban military

Malcolm Fuller
June 16, 2017

President Trump is expected to announce new restrictions on travel and business with Cuba on Friday.

"We urge the Trump administration to recognize and utilize travel as a strategic tool in its efforts to improve relations with Cuba, allowing us to be part of a promising future, as opposed to reverting to the policies of the past", Sorenson said.

Sorry, Miami, but in terms of issues that directly affect and painfully divide this country, Central America's frightening poverty, corruption and drug-gang violence emergencies are more important than Cuba.

The president is reportedly considering limiting visits by USA citizens (including Cuban Americans) to Cuba to one per year.According to the Miami Herald, Washington will ban US businesses from conducting financial transactions with Cuban state entities controlled by the military.

According to the Miami Herald, the new rules also mandate that travelers to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country be subjected to a Treasury Department audit of their trip to ensure they fall under one of the permitted categories. A main concern is that Mr Obama's White House made it too easy for money spent by American companies and individuals to flow to Cuban government sources instead of benefiting regular Cubans.

Several prominent free market advocates sent a letter to President Trump Wednesday discouraging the anticipated announcement to add travel and trade restrictions with Cuba. Diplomatic relations reestablished by Obama, including reopened embassies in Washington and Havana, will remain.

The alleged justification for the new policy is that it will pressure the Cuban dictatorship to give concessions on human rights and political liberalization.

Rubio said the changes will be a step in the right direction.

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Obama's new policy of engagement unleashed a flood of American visitors, pumping cash into Cuba's nascent private sector, even as the centrally planned economy hit its first recession in almost a quarter century.

The stated objective of the new policy is to cut down on human rights abuses.

He is set to make his Cuba speech at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami, named after a Cuban-American exile who led the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.

In 1980, some 125,000 Cubans fled the port of Mariel on boats to the U.S.in the largest single exodus of refugees in modern Cuban history. "We want to empower and we want to strengthen the Cuban people without strengthening the Cuban military, which controls a significant percentage of their economy", Rubio said.

Much of Trump's policy appears based on S.1489, a bill proposed by Sen.

A former British ambassador to Cuba, Paul Hare, who lectures at Boston University's Pardee School of Global Studies, said the military was viewed as a guardian of the Revolution.

A recent poll by U.S.travel agency Insight Cuba indicates that six out of 10 Americans plan to visit the island in the next two years, a figure that could increase USA visitors to nearly 2 million annually. After all, the damaging US trade embargo remains in place and they are struggling to get by as the economy wrestles with falling exports and a decline in oil shipments from key ally Venezuela.

He called the country's human rights record "deplorable". "They don't know how to make a good deal". In the case of Cuba, greater American interaction with everyday Cubans has meant not just a public diplomacy coup but a meaningful improvement in Cubans' lives.

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