President Donald Trump on Friday will announce a revised U.S. Cuba policy that eliminates travel for single individuals and bans future U.S. business transactions with Cuba's military, according to senior administration officials.
Senior White House officials who briefed reporters Thursday on the coming announcement said Obama's overtures had enriched Cuba's military while repression increased on the island.
And it will not limit travel by or remittances from Cuban Americans, as former President George W. Bush did - though fewer Cuban government officials will be allowed to come to the USA and receive money than under Obama.
Among the conditions that would have to be met in order to further Trump administration negotiations are the holding of free and fair elections, as well as the freeing of political prisoners in Cuba, the administration officials said.
Embassies will remain open and money sent by Cubans will be unaffected.
President Trump will lay out his new Cuba policy in a speech in Miami that will shred parts of former President Barack Hussein Obama's opening to the Communist-ruled island after a Y 2014 diplomatic breakthrough between the 2 former Cold War foes.
During a November 2 appearance in Miami, Trump told supporters, "we will cancel Obama's one-sided Cuban deal made by executive order, if we do not get the deal we want, and the deal that people living in Cuba and here deserve".
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Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa: "It appears that the Trump changes would subject Americans to a lot more bureaucratic red tape and complicate travel to Cuba". His aides contend that Obama's easing of USA restrictions has done nothing to advance political freedoms in Cuba, while benefiting the Cuban government financially.
"The policy the Trump administration is announcing regarding Cuba is based on President Trump's core conviction that what the Cuban exile community is asking for is right and just", the White House said in a statement to Politico.
Members of Congress were also consulted, and the White House said that Democrats were included in that effort.
The measures will officially be announced tomorrow and take 30 days to initiate the regulatory process. Marco Rubio and Mario Diaz-Balart, both of whom wanted stiffer sanctions on the Castro government.
Critics say the threat of a Treasury audit could have a chilling effect on travel and hurt business for the private-run bed and breakfasts and restaurants Americans often frequent. An official said that the president was anxious that current policies were enriching the Cuban military. In this photo, Obama (R) and Cuban President Raul Castro (L) shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, Sept. 29, 2015.
Proponents of lifting the embargo say that taking a punitive approach toward Cuba has done nothing to bring about improvements in human rights in more than 50 years, and that it is time to try something new.
After decades of sanctions failed to push Fidel and Raul Castro out of power, Obama contended a Cuba more closely tied to the USA would no longer be able blame its economic woes on US "imperialism".