By F. Martin
TTC Service.- US President Donald Trump will revert “soon” aspects of the thaw with Cuba opened by his predecessor Barack Obama but it seems that he will have to do so against the will of US businessmen with trade with the island and Congressmen, both Democrats and Republicans.
According to sources in Washington linked to the White House on that issue, the Trump administration has nearly finished a review of a new Cuba policy that will roll back President Obama’s Cuban rapprochement. An announcement on the administration’s policy could come as early as June, the report said.
But In the U.S. Congress a bipartisan group of United States Senators reintroduced a legislation which would repeal all remaining existing restrictions on travel to Cuba, including for tourism which is banned under the current law.
Thanks to “thaw” the number of Americans traveling to the island increasing every day.
The number of US tourists who traveled to Cuba to March 2017 increased by 118%. That represents more than double compared to the first quarter of 2016 and at this time places American visitors in second place, behind travelers from Canada, which remains the leading market for the island.
The bill, called the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, was first introduced in 2015 by a group of eight co-sponsors, but never made it to the Senate floor for a vote.
The Washington embargo on Cuba still prohibits tourist trips to the island of American citizens. The measure was imposed by the U.S. under the leadership of former President John F. Kennedy following the island’s anti-imperialist overthrow of right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista, led by Fidel Castro who quickly declared the socialist character of the revolution.
In 2014, former U.S. President Barack Obama initiated measures to ease certain aspects of the embargo including certain types of trade and travel. Current U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened during his campaign to reverse these measures, although to date no action has been taken by the new administration toward the ongoing embargo.