Trump administration imposes new travel restrictions on Cuba

Trump administration imposes new travel restrictions on Cuba
© Greg Nash

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 trade adviser pushes back on reports of US-China tariff deal China, US agree to reduce tariffs amid trade talks, Beijing says Income for poorest Americans fell faster than previously thought: study 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 BoltonImpeachment guide: The 9 witnesses testifying this week The Hill's Morning Report - Week two of public impeachment testimony Himes: 'I don't think it blows a hole in the case' if Sondland testifies there was no quid pro quo MORE announced new limits on the amount of money Cuban Americans can send to relatives on the island, $1,000 per person.

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