Trump to clamp down on Cuba travel, trade, curbing Obama's detente

President Donald Trump is ready to announce "strategic, targeted changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba", U.S. Sen.

Trump's policy aims to shift the flow of USA money from the Cuban military that controls much of the economy to the emerging private sector. In Miami, then-candidate Trump called for a reversal of Obama's normalization of Cuba policy, saying he would demand religious and political freedom for the Cuban people as well as the release of political prisoners.

Former President Barack Obama had adopted an appeasement policy towards Cuba, stated the Trump administration.

A group of 54 U.S. senators reintroduced legislation in May to repeal all remaining restrictions on travel to Cuba, signaling support for U.S. -Cuba detente on Capitol Hill.

Trump's policy will not reinstate wet foot, dry foot, the policy that allowed Cuban immigrants who reached US soil to remain in the country. Obama ended it on January 12.

The source said Trump will also announce stricter enforcement of rules under which Americans can travel to Cuba, detailed in a broader National Security Presidential Memorandum. Although the US government does not technically prohibit Cuban travel, Treasury regulations under the embargo prohibit the expenditure of USA dollars without a special license. Reporters were told that Trump is open to a deal with Cuba, but that he doesn't support the current "bad" agreement. By blocking transactions with companies linked to the Cuban military, Trump closes a foreign-exchange ticket, and at the same time sends a political message: You can not do business with the military.

The new policy would eliminate one of 12 different categories of travel Obama allowed-individual, so-called "people-to-people" travel. Because if they had, they'd know that the only thing that restricting travel will do is devastate Cubans working in the private sector who have relied on American visitors to provide for their families.

The restrictions on dealing with the military could significantly affect American travel, although the military has already begun to reorganize its ownership of some businesses and entities in anticipation of such changes.

The officials argued that the new policy will fulfill a campaign promise and reverse Obama-era policies that the Trump administration argues have appeased and "enriched" the Cuban military regime.

"This is limited to perhaps as small as three voices in the U.S. Congress, certainly less than ten, suggesting a course of action that is not only not the best interests of the United States of America, but it's not the popular view", said Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., one of seven House members who wrote the president to oppose the changes.

The group trips would require US visitors to travel with a guide from an educational group-a requirement the Obama policy had lifted.

The new policy has come together after contentious meetings within the administration. Marco Rubio, considered a key participant in the decision-making.

"The oppressors of the Cuban people are the Cuban government who have increased repression on the island against dissidents ... since reestablishing diplomatic relations".

"When he's cutting back on travel, he's hurting us, the Cuban entrepreneurs", said Camilo Diaz, a 44-year-old waiter in a restaurant in Havana.