President Donald Trump is not following in his predecessor’s footsteps when it comes to many different things. On Friday the president announced that he is nixing Obama’s Cuba deal which was very “one-sided” with the Communist country.
He said,“Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.”This move will restrict individual travel from America to the island and will also slow the flow of U.S. money from going to the Cuban military.
However, Trump did state that he would allow Cuba to return to the table to discuss a new deal.
Trump announced, “I keep my promises, and now that I am your president, America will expose the crimes of the Castro regime.”
A cornerstone of the new policy is to ensure Americans traveling to Cuba only support private businesses and services, banning financial transactions with the dozens of enterprises run by the military-linked corporation GAESA.
The Trump administration also says it will strictly enforce the 12 authorized categories allowing American citizens to travel to Cuba – banning one particular type of travel, known as individual “people-to-people” trips, seen as ripe for abuse by would-be tourists.
Most U.S. travelers to Cuba will again be required to visit the island as part of organized tour groups run by American companies. Obama eliminated the tour requirement, allowing tens of thousands of Americans to book solo trips and spend their money with individual bed-and-breakfast owners, restaurants and taxi drivers. The rules also require a daylong schedule of activities designed to expose the travelers to ordinary Cubans.
Trump focused his speech Friday on the crimes and misdeeds of the Castro government, saying his administration would not “hide from it.” He accused the regime of harboring “cop killers, hijackers and terrorists” while casting the policy changes as meant to encourage a free Cuba.
President Trump said, “With God’s help, a free Cuba is what we will soon achieve.” With God’s help, anything is possible.
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