What does Trump's new Cuba policy mean for travel to island?

While commercial flights will remain in place, travel to Cuba will be more strictly monitored by USA officials, and could hurt demand for air travel to the Caribbean island.

Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Papp said local farmers need strong trade relationships with foreign countries to stay viable, and he sees Cuba as a particularly strong market for the state. "The bill has 55 total cosponsors and I am convinced it would pass the Senate with upwards of 70 votes".

Mosley said that despite more than five decades of comprehensive sanctions against Cuba, the Cuban government continues to repress dissent. Trump now eliminates the fact that they are eligible for the "people to people" program, which officially has educational and cultural objectives but in reality has served as undercover tourism. "But at the end of the day, we have to think of our parents, what they did for us to make a better choice for us to be in this great country", said Marti.

But individual "people-to-people" trips by Americans to Cuba, allowed by Obama for the first time in decades, will again be prohibited.

Cuban-Americans will still be allowed to visit their loved ones, but those without relatives on the island will have a tougher time getting through.

In a fiery speech delivered in the heart of Miami's Little Havana, where an older generation of Cuban Americans has long objected to normalization of relations with the communist government of President Raúl Castro, Trump ticked off a list of examples, past and present, of the regimes' repression of its citizens. For instance, Trump kept direct U.S. -Cuba commercial flights and cruise-ship travel.

Mr Trump's vow to keep the broader decades-old USA economic embargo on Cuba firmly in place drew criticism from some United States farmers, especially growers of corn, soybeans and rice. Travel must be in a guided group to be permitted for educational purposes and also created to provide meaningful interaction between US travelers and the Cuban people.

"What the president announced today was a setback", said U.S. Sen.

Under the revised travel policy, USA officials say there will be tighter enforcement to make sure Americans legally fit the 12 authorized categories they claim to be traveling under, which could spook many visitors, wary of receiving a hefty fine. He was happy with Obama's policies, but said they weren't enforced enough to make sure only Cuban people benefited.

Americans can no longer travel to Cuba with a simple "honor pledge", Trump announced Friday.

Analysts disagree on the exact amount, but Hare says most estimate that 70 precent of the hard currency that Cuba earns is generated by military-run companies. He also described new polices that stop just short of a full reversal of the Cuba rapprochement.

Tom Long, a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Reading, and author of the recent book, Latin America Confronts the United States, told CBS San Francisco the USA trade embargo against Cuba is strongly opposed by Latin American governments, which could complicate US foreign relations in the hemisphere.

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"President Trump must back his words with actions", Sires said. "I expected it", he said with a sigh. But it makes some exceptions, including for air and sea travel, according to U.S. officials.

"The government of Cuba denounces the new measures toughening the embargo" imposed since 1962, according to a statement read on Cuban state television. The delegation will leave June 19 and spend the next five days meeting with Cuban and US agriculture officials, touring agricultural co-ops and visiting local food markets.

Vanessa Coleman

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