Trump to Announce Revised US-Cuba Policy in Miami Friday

White House aides, speaking on condition of anonymity Thursday, revealed some of the policy changes Trump plans to announce during a speech in Miami on Friday.

According to media reports, Trump is set to announce in Miami on Friday a rollback to the thaw between Washington and Havana, a promise he made during his election campaign past year. US firms may no longer do deals with Cuban businesses controlled by the military or security services, considered repressive institutions.

Further changes, the administration said, "will depend entirely on the Cuban government's willingness to expand the Cuban people's political freedom, respect their universal rights, and allow freedom of press as well as free and fair democratic elections".

But the Trump administration acknowledged that some of Obama's initiatives had momentum that made reversal of the former president's opening impractical. Born in Cuba and raised in the U.S., Godinez maintains close ties with his native country, collaborating with Cuban artists and co-teaching American students alongside Cuban scholars in Cuba.

Trump also will not reinstate the "wet foot, dry foot" policy, which allowed Cubans who reached US soil to stay.

Eliminating that category - in which individuals can travel to Cuba alone and not as part of an organized tour group, which has the "highest risk of potential abuse", an official said - still leaves 11 other categories under which Americans can visit Cuba legally. Only the U.S. Congress can lift the embargo, and lawmakers, especially those of Cuban heritage, like Sen.

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No changes will be made to USA trade embargo. Americans will also still be allowed to bring back unlimited amounts of Cuban products - including rum and cigars - for personal use.

Trump described his move as an effort to ramp up pressure to create a "free Cuba" after more than half a century of communism.

Moving forward, the White House announced it will create a series of reforms designed to make it very hard for Raul Castro's successor to maintain the high oppressive regime in Cuba. Trump, who has in the past criticized Obama's decision to re-establish relations with the nation, will announce new restrictions on trade and travel to the country, undoing the work of his predecessor.

The administration said it wanted to end business transactions that benefited the Castro regime while the Cuban people get squat in return.

He called the new policy a strategic, long-term attempt to force aging Cuban military and intelligence officers to ease their grip as a younger generation of leaders prepares to take over. And Americans will no longer be allowed to travel to the island on their own for "people-to-people" purposes, once the new rules are in place. Senator Marco Rubio played an important role in this process. "The oppressors of the Cuban people are the Cuban government who have increased repression on the island against dissidents and Ladies in White since reestablishing diplomatic relations".

"When he's cutting back on travel, he's hurting us, the Cuban entrepreneurs", said Camilo Diaz, a 44-year-old waiter in a restaurant in Havana.

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