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17 June 2017, 04:22 | Susie Olson
Trump will not reverse all of Obama's changes, but sources told ABC News he'll likely redefine what it means to be part of the Cuban military, which could prevent USA companies from doing business in Cuba.
According to TIME magazine, the changes could also again require USA travelers to visit the island as part of tour groups run by American companies.
Stopping short of reversal, President Donald Trump planned to announce a revised Cuba policy aimed at halting the flow of USA cash to the country's military and security services while maintaining diplomatic relations.
"The basic policy driver is concern that the previous policy was enriching the military and the intelligence services that contribute so much to oppression on the island", a senior administration official said. Travelers were legally required to maintain logs of their full-time "people-to-people" schedules but the Obama administration made clear it would not enforce the requirement. That means that travel companies without a foothold in Cuba will have a tougher time entering the market.
"The Cuban people have long suffered under a Communist regime that suppresses their legitimate aspirations for freedom and prosperity and fails to respect the essential human dignity of all Cubans", said Trump's directive.
Trump has said in the past that he wants to open a hotel in Cuba, but wouldn't while he was president.
However, Trump stopped short of breaking diplomatic relations restored in 2015 after more than five decades of hostilities.
The president is scheduled to land in Miami at 12:30 Friday afternoon.
Trump'spolicy changes may please the "hardline Cuban exiles" who supported Trump in winning Florida during the 2016 US Presidential Election, the Miami Heraldreported on Friday.
Trump will deliver the news at a speech at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami's Little Havana, one of the largest Cuban communities in the country.
"Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba", Trump said.
" USA airlines and cruise ships will still be allowed to service the island".
Trump's new stance would also ban officials from diverse sectors, state agencies, unions, media, lawmakers, officials and judges from having bank accounts in the United States.
It could take years before the impact of Trump's policy changes are realized, in part because he is not wiping Obama's policies away with executive orders, but rather turning to a lengthy rulemaking process that will allow for a transition and negotiations with Havana, officials told reporters.
The brunt of the policy, meanwhile, focused on preventing USA visitors from spending money in the mostly Cuban-controlled travel industries, such as hotels restaurants. The reason: those were the visits most ripe for abuse by yanquis hoping to circumvent the law that prohibits US tourist travel to Cuba.
"It's a shame that President Trump listened to two hardline members of Congress instead of the majority of his Republican base, the majority of the American people and nearly every single Cuban on the island", James Williams, president of Engage Cuba, said in a Thursday statement.
"The president has tasked his cabinet to work together to find ways to improve what we considered President Obama'sbad deal, and we're very excited about the result that the president will unveil tomorrow, and I think more details of that will be forthcoming", the official said. Supporters expressed appreciation for Trump's emphasis on human rights in Cuba. The officials who conducted the briefing said those industries will be exempted from a broader crackdown on USA companies doing business with Cuban military and intelligence services.
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