Trump to Announce Tougher Rules for Cuba

WASHINGTON, United States, Thursday June 15, 2016 – United States President Donald Trump has revamped Washington’s friendly overtures towards Cuba, tightening several restrictions that were eased by his predecessor Barack Obama.

While it’s not expected to be a full reversal of the measures introduced in 2014, information secured by the Miami Herald has revealed Trump’s plans to curtail cash flow between the United States and Cuba.

It also indicates that the new administration will not reinstate the wet foot, dry foot policy, which allowed Cuban immigrants who reached American soil to remain in the country.

No changes will be made to US trade embargo.

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.

Educational trips and so-called “people-to-people” group exchanges will be under greater scrutiny, with educational groups once again having to travel with a guide from a US organization sponsoring the trip, a requirement the Obama policy had effectively eliminated.

However, diplomatic relations reestablished by Obama, including reopened embassies in Washington and Havana, will remain and travel and money sent by Cuban Americans will not be affected.

Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson served notice that the Trump administration plans to restore “pressure on the regime”.

“We think we have achieved very little in terms of changing the behaviour of the regime in Cuba and its treatment of people, and it has little incentive today to change that,” he said.

Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio was instrumental in drafting Trump’s changes.

Rubio called the new policy a strategic, long-term attempt to force aging Cuban military and intelligence officers to ease their grip on the island’s economy as a younger generation of leaders prepares to take over.

President Trump will outline the new rules tomorrow.

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  • Max D Andrew

    These so called new “punishments” never worked, are not working and will never work…you cant keep on bullying a sovereign and independent country forever….Viva Cuba Libre!
    America , USA must stop treating Cuba like its “wayward” colony together with Puerto Rico and the Philippines…..It”s an injustice of historic proportions. Abajo con el bobo en la casa blanca.
    Max D Andrew

  • R Laycock

    The US should leave Cuba alone and mind its own business

    • C. ben-David

      With Cuba only 90 miles away, with so many Cuban agents spying in America, with Cuba owing the US billions for its illegal expropriation of American property on the island after 1959, and with Obama having sold America’s soul to Cuba and getting nothing in return, Cuba is very much America’s business.

      • mrsoulo

        C. Ben-David: The grocery has a sale on toilet paper, I highly suggest you stock up on some as the verbal diarrhea spewing from your mouth is emitting such a stench the health department might have to be called in to clean up your mess.

  • R Laycock

    I have read some bull shit in my time and C.ben-David you have come out with the best, the Cuban people wanted to be free from the exploitation of the US and its trolls and had to fight to get it the nasty things the US as done to Cuba over the years is unbelievable all the want is to be left allowed to get on with life, the US owe Cuba billions not least for the passenger plane they helped blow up murdering the people on it as for the property they took back belong to them it was taken from them by force so now its back where it belongs in the hands of the Cuba people