Trump administration imposes new travel restrictions on Cuba

Trump administration imposes new travel restrictions on Cuba
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The Trump administration imposed a new set of travel restrictions on Cuba Tuesday as he continues to roll back former President Obama's detente with the island nation.

The Treasury Department announced it will no longer allow the group educational and cultural trips to the island known as “people to people.”

Those trips have allowed American citizens to visit the island even before the Obama administration restored formal relations with Cuba's communist government in December 2014.


Tuesday's amendment to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations also means the U.S. will now deny licenses for private and corporate aircraft and boats to travel to the island.

The regulatory changes were announced on April 17.

The administration said the new measures are in response to Cuba's threat to the region.

“Cuba remains communist, and the United States, under the previous administration, made too many concessions to one of our historically most aggressive adversaries,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOn The Money: US tops 100,000 coronavirus deaths with no end in sight | How lawmaker ties helped shape Fed chairman's COVID-19 response | Tenants fear mass evictions Ross: Trump considering 'whole menu' of options against China on Hong Kong law OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Government predicts busy hurricane season | Report: BLM says oil and gas operators should set their own royalty rates for public lands drilling | Michigan flooding risks damage to hazardous waste sites: report MORE said in a statement.

“The Trump Administration recognizes the threat Cuba’s government poses in the region, and the Commerce Department is acting to limit commercial activity that provides revenue for the Cuban regime. Holding other countries accountable remains a focus for this Administration and we will remain vigilant.”

In April, national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonHave the courage to recognize Taiwan McConnell says Obama administration 'did leave behind' pandemic plan Trump company lawyer warned Michael Cohen not to write 'tell-all' book: report MORE announced new limits on the amount of money Cuban Americans can send to relatives on the island, $1,000 per person.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoChinese lawmakers approve law allowing for stricter crackdown on Hong Kong The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US virus deaths exceed 100,000; Pelosi pulls FISA bill Overnight Defense: Trump ends sanctions waivers for Iran nuclear projects | Top Dems says State working on new Saudi arms sale | 34-year-old Army reservist ID'd as third military COVID-19 death MORE also said that month that the administration will allow U.S. citizens to sue foreign businesses using property seized during the 1959 Cuban revolution.