Trump takes stage in Little Havana, where he’ll announce change in Cuba policy
Reversing another policy move by Barack Obama, President Trump plans to re-institute restrictions on travel to Cuba and U.S. business dealings with entities tied to the Cuban military and intelligence services, officials said Thursday.
Trump’s changes, to be announced during a Friday speech in Miami, are not expected to affect the re-establishment of basic diplomatic relations with Cuba, including renewed embassies in the respective country’s capitals.
“The new policy centers on the belief that the oppressed Cuban people — rather than the oppressive Castro regime’s military and its subsidiaries.
Trump pledged to reverse Obama’s new approach to Cuba as part of last year’s presidential campaign, especially during appearances in Florida.
During a Nov. 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.”
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., praise the change, which he and Diaz-Balart worked on with Trump.
“More than anything else, this change empowers the people of Cuba,” he said. “America is prepared to outstretch its hand and work with the people of Cuba, but we will not, we will not empower their oppressors.”