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Trump Weighing New Limits on Cuba Travel and Military Sanctions
13 June 2017, 10:45 | Ruby West
Joe Raedle Getty Images Cuban President Raul Castro
The White House, however, has yet to confirm when or where such an announcement will be made.
Tourism to Cuba remains illegal under US law but has become allowable under many circumstances.
Donald Trump is expected to announce a new Cuba policy as early as this week during his visit to Miami, according to unnamed sources cited by Reuters. So there are many division, and there are also divisions within the White House itself: "some of the advisors seem to be more hawkish, more inclined to pursue tougher policies on Cuba, and others want to build on the legacy of President Obama", he explained. Marco Rubio. R-Florida, who are said to be in Trump's ear over Cuba policy. The decision would pinch off a boom in American tourism that has centered on Havana and other Cuban cities, although Trump is expected to leave open the US embassy, allow Cuban-Americans to send remittances to their families, and continue to allow special immigration status for Cubans.
New sanctions aimed at cutting off flows of money that benefit the Cuban military could affect US hotel partnerships in Cuba, including the Four Points by Sheraton in Havana.
Since 2014 Cuba has seen record numbers of tourists coming to the island, and hindering travel would have a severe impact on airlines, cruise ships and the tourism industry.
Any additional restrictions on travel "will go over like a lead balloon, and it should", Flake said in an interview on Monday. There is also a consideration of ending people-to-people programs entirely, he said.
He also said he does not want to see curbs on Cuban entrepreneurship or the USA more focused on Cuba sanctions than on sanctions against North Korea or Iran.
Some analysts interpret Trump's expected plan to make his Cuba policy announcement in Miami as a sign that he will be pleasing hardliners within the city's Cuban-American community.
"The political and personal interests of two members of Congress should not outweigh the will of the American people and the best interests of Cubans on the island", Engage Cuba president James Williams said.
The island has not been as promising a business opportunity as US airlines once expected, however.
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