President Trump continues to reverse Obama-era policies that Trump’s voters disagreed with, and the new rollout tackles the relationship between the United States and Cuba.
In a speech that he will be delivering on Friday in Miami, Florida, President Trump is set to announce restrictions on traveling to Cuba and business dealings with Cuban tied entities including the military and intelligence services.
A Trump administration statement retrieved by USA Today reports that “The new policy centers on the belief that the oppressed Cuban people — rather than the oppressive Castro regime’s military and its subsidiaries — should benefit from American engagement with the island.”
This directly aligns with what Candidate Trump told supporters on November 2nd, 2016 when he commented that “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.”
Democratic Representative Kathy Castor of Tampa criticized the move by commenting that “It appears that the Trump changes would subject Americans to a lot more bureaucratic red tape and complicate travel to Cuba. Doing so will harm the growing private sector on the island. We should allow Americans to be Americans and enjoy the freedom to travel where, when and the way they want without bureaucratic red tape. I look forward to the release of all details tomorrow.”
It’s reported that Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio worked alongside the President to make the adequate changes, and the President’s speech in Miami will surely draw a large Cuban audience.
Economic practices that benefit the Cuban military at the expense of the Cuban people will soon be coming to an end #BetterDealforCuba
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 15, 2017