Trump could decide soon on Cuba policy

A soldier carries a life-size cut out of Cuba's late leader Fidel Castro during the May Day parade at Revolution Square in Havana Cuba Monday

Adios Havana Trump Reportedly Ready to Rescind Obama’s Cuba Policies

The whiplash speed of Trump's own reversal makes it hard to predict exactly what form this new policy will take, Florida International University professor and Cuba expert Frank Mora told ThinkProgress.

Cuban officials have refrained from direct comment.

The Trump administration has been collaborating with three Cuban-American congressmen to help craft their new policies with Cuba.

The White House also refused to confirm or deny this.Kavulich said that the administration will enact "increased enforcement relating to travel", and "a focus upon discouraging transactions with entities controlled by the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) of the Republic of Cuba."Starwood Hotels & Resorts International now has a hotel under management that is owned by a company controlled by the FAR, according to Kavulich.The move to enact stricter policies toward Cuba will likely land the president criticism from several of his Republican colleagues".

Although Castro is expected to hand pick his successor, the changing of the guard on the island would give the opportunity for the Trump administration to soon deal with a less polarizing figure if relations don't significantly worsen. "This is not a president who came to office to promote human rights".

James Williams, president of Engage Cuba, asserted that open tourism between the US and Cuba would be mutually beneficial for both countries. The Cuban government had continuously said the policy was a provocation and had demanded its repeal since it was enacted in 1966.

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While the US prohibits tourism to Cuba, the US Treasury Department now allows travelers to "self-license" under 12 different categories of travel, such as educational tours and participating in sporting events.

Tightening up on those categories would likely impact earnings for the USA airlines and cruise ship companies that began service to Cuba in 2016 and go against a rising anti-travel sanctions sentiment. The legislation is supported by 55 senators overall, MarketWatch reports. But sources said such a move would be largely cosmetic and would not have much impact.

Nevertheless, reinstating a preferential immigration policy for Cubans in order to satisfy Cuban-American voters would put Trump at odds with Cuban President Raul Castro, who in such an event, according to intelligence sources, is planning another Mariel boatlift, named after the event in 1980, when 125,000 people fled to Florida on boats launched from the port of Mariel.

The United States broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961 and placed an official embargo against the country in 1962.

Although, it is stated that one cannot visit Cuba as a tourist, there are over ten categories where travelers can enter the island nation, from visiting family to the vague mentioning of "support of the Cuban people".

Patrick Oppmann reported from Havana and Elise Labott reported from Washington.

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