Trump restores some Cuba penalties, rolling back Obama's action

But facing pressure from United States business and some fellow Republicans to avoid turning back the clock completely in relations with communist-ruled Cuba, the president will leave intact many of Obama's steps toward normalization.

Ahead of Mr. Trump's Friday trip to Miami where he's expected to announce some Obama-era policy reversals, some local Cuban Americans dining at the West Tampa Sandwich Shop expressed disappointment that the president could roll back the progress they say the country's made toward being more neighborly with the nation.

But even as he curbs Obama's détente with Cuba, Trump will stop short of closing embassies or breaking off diplomatic relations restored in 2015 after more than five decades of hostility, USA officials said.

According to senior White House officials, President Trump will also revisit trade and travel policies towards Cuba, clamping down on individual people-to-people travel.

US business interests - including in the travel industry, tech firms, agriculture, and the hospitality sector - lobbied to discourage the administration from severing travel and financial ties with Cuba. In a fact sheet about the move, the White House announced that it "enhances travel restrictions to better enforce the statutory ban on United States tourism to Cuba".

Senior officials at the White House said they hope to empower the Cuban people.

Still, it will be the latest attempt by Trump to overturn parts of Obama's presidential legacy.

At a jobs announcement in Orlando, Scott said he's convinced the longterm economic advantage of democracy and economic freedom in Cuba is preferable for Florida to any business opportunities and other relationships opening due to the thaw and lifting of economic sanctions that President Barack Obama initiated.

According to her, Cuba provided intel on at least 17 cybercrime cases related to the USA, such as suspected identity theft and hacking attacks on Cuba from American IP addresses.

Trump's new stance could also lead to increase support for subversive activities against the Cuban government.

Rubio will attend Friday's speech by Trump on Cuba.

"More travel, more communications access, and more dialogue with Cuba are the way forward for human rights in Cuba", Amnesty International wrote in a blog post, adding that President Obama's trip to Cuba last year opened the door to "scrutiny and transparency" of human rights on the island for the first time in almost 10 years. This will essentially shield U.S. airlines and cruise lines serving the island.

Meanwhile, reports say that no changes will take effect immediately.

Trump aides said Rubio was "very helpful" to the administration as it spent months reviewing the policy. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Roque, Vic. "And that I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands".

Critics said the changes would only hurt everyday Cubans who work in the private sector and depend on the largesse of American visitors to help provide for their families. The reason: those were the visits most ripe for abuse by yanquis hoping to circumvent the law that prohibits USA tourist travel to Cuba. Only the U.S. Congress can lift it, and lawmakers, especially those of Cuban heritage, like Sen.

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