Many of the big hotels in Havana, for example, would be off limits to American visitors. Airlines will still be allowed to pay landing fees at Cuban airports and U.S. companies will still be allowed to support telecommunications and Internet service on the island. “We want to empower and we want to strengthen the Cuban people without strengthening the Cuban military, which controls a significant percentage of their economy,” Sen. Marco Rubio said preparing the speech of Trump which is set on Friday afternoon in Miami.
The policy changes won’t take effect immediately. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said in the Senate this week that the Trump administration believes that more pressure must be put on the Cuban government to make progress on human rights. The White House says it will negotiate more favorable terms with Cuba, but only if the Castro regime allows free and fair elections and releases political prisoners. Cubans who make their way to the U.S. without authorization will still be returned to the island. The attraction represented in Cuba by rum and cigars will remain, as long they will be allowed to buy and bring them home.