President Donald Trump is expected to reverse Obama administration policies on Cuba, characterized by a softer stance toward the communist country.
Trump has been planning for some time to roll back the Cuba policies that the previous administration signed in January, and take a much tougher position, according to two sources.
“The Trump Administration has been ‘ready’ since February 2017 to announce changes, but issues unrelated to Cuba have intervened,” John Kavulich of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council said.
The Daily Caller reports:
Kavulich said that the administration will enact “increased enforcement relating to travel,” and “a focus upon discouraging transactions with entities controlled by the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) of the Republic of Cuba.”
The sources also said that three senators, Marco Rubio and Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, pushed for the policy change.
During his tenure as president, Obama made several changes to U.S. policy on Cuba, including ending the “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy that gave Cuban refugees preferential treatment on immigration.
Sen. Diaz-Balart, who criticized Obama’s decision to rescind the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, is confident that Trump will deliver on his commitment.