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How will President Trump's announcement on Cuba impact your travel plans?

17 Juin 2017

It analyzes the virtues of Obama's approach, which had recognized Cuba's independence, sovereignty and self-determination, and the Cuban government in a civilized coexistence relationship.

"We will continue to urge the Trump Administration and Congress to recognize and utilize travel as a strategic tool in 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".

On Friday, Trump vowed to overhaul Obama's policies.

"Less tourism from the United States will clearly be a blow", said Alberto Gonzales, 23, a private taxi driver in Havana.

In his statement, Flake called for the Senate's GOP leadership to allow a vote on his legislation that he said would eliminate "archaic restrictions" on travel to Cuba that "do not exist for travel by Americans to any other country in the world".

He said in a speech in Miami that he was canceling the "terrible and misguided deal" with Havana. This will essentially shield USA airlines and cruise lines serving the island. Emmer, Crawford and five other House Republicans have warned that rolling back U.S. Cuba policy could threaten new bilateral agreements with Havana to combat human trafficking, illicit drugs and cyber crimes.

"There will be little impact on the USA economy", said Michael Shifter, a specialist at the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based research group. The "wet foot, dry foot" policy, which once let most Cuban migrants stay if they made it to USA soil but was terminated under Obama, will remain terminated. And American firms and citizens will be blocked from doing business with any company controlled by the Cuban military or its intelligence or security services, a move that bars American engagement with important parts of the Cuban economy, among them some parts of the country's tourist sector.

Reversing policy is bad for Cubans, Human Rights Watch said in a statement, "and insisting on human rights progress as a precondition to a new policy is unlikely to bring about change".

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The Excélsior says that the United States' tough hand with Cuba is returning, and includes a note from the Mexican government that asks the top authorities of both countries to resolve the differences with the dialogue.

Trump's reversal will reinstate a number of travel and commercial restrictions between the US and Cuba.

Trump began his speech by praising himself and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for getting Otto Warmbier, the American student imprisoned in North Korea, back to his family in Ohio. "We're the ones who are hurt".

A group of 55 Cuban businesspeople sent a letter this week to Trump's daughter and adviser, Ivanka, warning against the policy changes.

The Castro government is certain to reject Trump's list of demands, which includes releasing political prisoners, halting what the USA says is abuse of dissidents and allowing greater freedom of expression. He said Trump's policy may put US national security at risk as strategic competitors move to fill the vacuum the uncoupling could create.

Saying that the aim was to fix what Trump has called a "bad deal" struck by Obama, U.S. officials said the new administration would leave the door open to improved relations if Cuba undertakes democratic reforms such as allowing free elections and releasing political prisoners.

It will not tolerate interference in its domestic affairs, Cuba added. Less than a year later, the U.S. Embassy in Havana re-opened, and Obama paid a historic visit to Havana in 2016.