President Trump is leaving no stone unturned in his complete reversal and erasure of the Obama “legacy”.
And I love it!
The latest on the chopping block is Obama’s embrace of Cuba. While Trump will not be undoing all of the Obama actions, he is taking significant and common sense steps to change some of the worst Obama moves with regard to Cuba.
Here is more detail, from YahooNews:
In a shot at one of Barack Obama’s signature policies, President Trump on Friday will announce steps designed to restrict U.S. travel to Cuba and curb the flow of American cash to entities connected to the island’s military, according to White House aides.
But Trump will leave the bulk of his predecessor’s approach untouched, including the establishment of formal diplomatic relations and Cuba’s removal from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. Obama’s decision to end preferential treatment for undocumented Cubans who reach U.S. shores will also survive.
And the new financial restrictions envision carve-outs that will largely spare existing business dealings, including those in agriculture, telecommunications, airlines and cruise lines, and potentially hotels. Cuban-Americans will still be able to send money to relatives. And Americans returning from authorized travel to Cuba will still be able to bring back $100 in rum and cigars.
Three Trump aides described the new policy to reporters in the briefing room of the White House in a question-and-answer session held on condition that they not be named.
The most significant shift appears to be a return to tougher enforcement of travel restrictions for individuals and groups. While tourism has been illegal under a decades-old U.S. embargo imposed after the 1959 revolution that swept Fidel Castro to power, the Obama administration largely looked the other way, permitting individuals and groups to visit the island if they fell into one of 12 categories. Enforcement was largely on an honor system.
The Trump administration will end “people-to-people” visits for individuals who claim to be visiting the island to engage Cubans or for “educational activities.” Groups will still be able to go, but will be subject to far greater scrutiny to ensure that they fulfilled the requirements for authorized travel, the aides told reporters. The overall effect will likely be to “chill” American travel, one aide told Yahoo News.
Here is the full speech, many are calling it his best speech ever:
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