Cubans brace for worst as Trump takes aim at Obama opening

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After more than five months in office, President Donald Trump will unveil his new policy toward Cuba on Friday.

Even opponents of Obama's policy said they didn't expect much from Trump's proposal.

In Fox News, William said that Cuban people did not need enmity with the US.

He hasn't seen his life improve much since the US and Cuba re-established friendly relations, but the restart of commercial flights after a half-century gave his wife hope she could afford to visit her 19-year-old son who emigrated to the USA two years ago. "At the end of the day, there are hardliners in both governments who are out for blood toward each other, and it's everyday people whose lives are going to be destroyed".

Those travels and visitors' ability to use Cuba's military-run bank are not believed to be affected by the Trump changes, though the Herald reports that the administration's new policy will include a broad restriction on interactions with the military branch that runs the majority of Cuba's economy.

The directive still leaves much of Obama's policy in place, including diplomatic relations and reopened embassies, the ability of Cuban Americans to travel and send money to family, and the congressionally mandated trade embargo.

Trump, according to officials, decry the Castro regime for human rights abuses against peaceful activists and protesters and is expected to demand the extradition of Assata Shakur, a former member of the Black Panther Party who was convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper. Born in Cuba and raised in the U.S., Godinez maintains close ties with his native country, collaborating with Cuban artists and co-teaching American students alongside Cuban scholars in Cuba.

Trump has called President Obama's relaxation of travel and trade restrictions with Cuba a "bad deal", and he may reverse some of Obama's changes to trade and travel policies. Trump said he'd be "honored" to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Trump made the promise during his campaign for the GOP nomination, with Florida emerging as a key swing state.

Last year more than 600,000 Americans traveled to Cuba, about 74 percent more than the year before. Despite the compelling case for engagement argued by Republicans and Democrats, businesses and human rights groups, few are optimistic.

Most Republicans endorse Cuba trade and travel, which has strong bipartisan support in Congress and with the public overall. The irony: If Americans have a harder time visiting Cuba, it won't hurt the regime - because the 3.5 million non-American tourists stay disproportionately in the resorts owned by the government.

Trump agreed. So did National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus: Trump's Cuba policy would be written by the White House and National Security Council, with help from Rubio and Diaz-Balart. A new generation is coming to power in Cuba and a new generation of Cuban-Americans is rising in Florida.

"My administration's policy will be guided by key United States national security interests and solidarity with the Cuban people", reads the draft.

And on non-Cuban American travel, a change would make Americans who travel under the Obama administration categories of permitted travel subject to a Treasury Deptartment audit. "This reversal is fundamentally misguided", WOLA Senior Associate for Cuba Marguerite Jimenez said in a statement.

Many Cubans, like Coba, had been banking on the number of American arrivals continuing to grow.

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