Donald Trump returns to Florida today to unveil new Cuba policy

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He noted that the hotel company has "invested significant resources establishing a presence in Cuba, and with one hotel open and another in the pipeline, we have just begun our work creating opportunity and a more vibrant tourism sector on the island".

But the brigade's veterans, exiles living in Miami, remain a potent political force whose endorsement helped nudge Trump a little more than a percentage point to victory in the swing state of Florida. 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.

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President Donald Trump will unveil proposed changes to US-Cuba relations Friday in Miami. "He's paying off a political debt to Cuban-Americans who endorsed him, the veterans association of the Bay of Pigs".

While it was feared that travel restrictions would return to pre-2014 levels, the news isn't all bad for the industry-according to reports, us airlines and cruise companies now serving Cuba will be able to continue to operate.

Of major note, there will be no change to the "wet foot, dry foot" policy and the US embassy in Cuba will also remain open.

Homestays, private restaurants and hip bars have proliferated in Cuba since Raúl Castro kickstarted the island's moribund economy in late 2010, and many Cubans will be concerned about the rollback on individual travel.

President Donald Trump is set to announce changes to Cuba travel policy today at a Miami event, multiple media outlets are reporting.

"With the arrival of four million tourists a year ago - more than 600,000 of them Americans - these places are flourishing", said Boobbyer. "Every single hotel on the island is ultimately owned by the state".

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To avoid those violations, travelers can choose to stay at a Cuban bed-and-breakfast, known there as casas particulares.

The goal of this policy proposal, according to a fact sheet on the plan, is to push the "Cuban government to expand the development and availability of more lodging, transportation and entertainment options for USA travelers by allowing the Cuban private sector space to grow and flourish".

This type of travel is expected to be revoked under the new rules.

"They're going to book you into a Cuban government hotel", LeoGrande said. They actually make up the second biggest group after Canadians. Obama ended that policy in his final days in office. That number includes 64 percent of Republican voters.

"So that constrains the president a certain degree", LeoGrande said.

Trump will justify his partial reversal of Obama's measures to a large extent on human rights grounds. Reversing Obama's policy changes are "not going to improve human rights on the island", said Human Rights Watch's Juan Miguel Vivanco, speaking at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank.

Global human rights groups say, however, that reinstating a usa policy of isolating the island could worsen the situation by empowering Cuban hard-liners.

LeoGrande called the White House's position here "obviously inconsistent" with the administration's stated "America First" policy. Canadians increasingly started visiting in Cuba.

Trump is scheduled to take the stage at 1 p.m.


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