Trump expected to reverse Obama's opening to Cuba

And while the new policy may in fact roll back some measures previously implemented by former President Barack Obama, by tightening restrictions on trade and travel or even banning USA companies from doing business with enterprises linked to Cuban military, the exact details of this new strategy are not yet clear.

President Trump has promised to roll back some of President Obama's diplomatic policies.

Given the interest from both American businessmen and general public about improving tourism and trade with Cuba, "I could see some symbolic changes to policies - perhaps more scrutiny of reasons for traveling to Cuba - but not a rollback", Dan Mahaffee, an analyst with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, told Xinhua. The people familiar with the plans, both outside the White House, spoke on condition of anonymity because discussions are ongoing.

Leisure travelling to Cuba is still illegal under USA legislation, but has become quit common under certain conditions. One advocate of Obama's policies said a change would have less impact on a vacationer than on people seeking to do business or on Cuban-Americans who want to visit family on the island on a regular basis.

Supporters of Obama's policy note that "normalization was never going to create democracy in Cuba overnight", in the words of Tomas Bilbao, the founder of a consulting firm that actively promotes U.S.

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But Obama eliminated restrictions on "people to people" travel, opening the door for tens of thousands of travelers to book their own independent trips to Cuba.

He also said he does not want to see curbs on Cuban entrepreneurship or the US more focused on Cuba sanctions than on sanctions against North Korea or Iran.

Obama's policy moves have led to extensive corporate investment on the island, including new, daily commercial flights, licenses for US hotel operators and agricultural investment by USA companies.

Since then, improvements have been made in U.S.

"I am confident the president will keep his commitment on Cuba policy by making changes that are targeted and strategic and which advance the Cuban people's aspirations for economic and political liberty", said Mr. Rubio.


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