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.

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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 RossTrump administration announces deal to avert tariffs on Mexican tomatoes Huawei grappling with 'live or die moment,' founder says Ex-counterintelligence official warns Trump administration not to be shortsighted on Huawei 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 Robert BoltonSchumer joins Pelosi in opposition to post-Brexit trade deal that risks Northern Ireland accord Why President Trump must keep speaking out on Hong Kong Trump meets with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan 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 Pompeo'China will not sit idly by' if US sells fighters to Taiwan, official says The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Iceland's prime minister will not be in town for Pence's visit 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.