Trump bans cruise ships, travel to Cuba

Cuban economy will be further squeezed. United States dollars will remain out of the hands of Cubans and the communist government.

The Trump administration announced Tuesday to end a nearly two-decade-old program from June 5, banning all trips of cruise ships along with other recreational vessels to the country.

The program lately became popular way for the US people to visit Cuba legally.

Treasure Secretary Steven Mnuchin released a statement reading, “This administration has made a strategic decision to reverse the loosening of sanctions and other restrictions on the Cuban regime. These actions will help to keep U.S. dollars out of the hands of Cuban military, intelligence, and security services.”

Cuba has a population of less than 12 million and US has banned the travel to the country under twelve authorized categories.

In 2014 the Barack Obama administration re-established diplomatic relations with Cuba. Gradually tour operators found going through less licensing and paperworks.

Collin Laverty of Cuba Educational Travel said the new travel ban will hurt budding Cuban businesses.

He added, “It’s very clear that American are getting off the beaten track… They’re eating at private restaurants, they’re taking private taxis, staying at bed and breakfasts and really empowering the Cuban people.”

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