by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – The Trump administration announced its rollback of an Obama-era thaw in relations with Cuba would take effect Thursday, when it publishes the new rules in the Federal Register, re-imposing restrictions on business relationships, military cooperation, and individual travel, which will curtail some of the trips Americans take to the island nation.
“We will enforce the ban on tourism,” Trump told an enthusiastic crowd at Miami’s Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana when he announced the new policy in June.
“The previous administration’s easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people. They only enrich the Cuban regime,” the president said.
“The profits from investments and tourism flows directly to the military… We do not want U.S. dollars to prop up a military monopoly that exploits and abuses the citizens of Cuba,” Pres. Trump explained.
A fact sheet released Wednesday by the Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, confirms individual travel is no longer allowed, and a ban on tourism will be strictly enforced.
Engage Cuba, an advocacy organization that calls for greater engagement with the island nation, blasted the administration’s decision, writing in a statement Wednesday that “This announcement is brutal news for the already hurting Cuban private sector. Again, why are we making it harder on these people? Individual travel is critical to their survival.”
Watch the president’s speech in June below.