The Wall Street Journal: Trump to limit Cuba travel, restrict business ties

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will issue a policy directive on Friday aimed at scaling back some of the changes made by his predecessor to U.S.-Cuba policy, taking aim at tourist travel and transactions with Cuba’s military but leaving in place many of former President Barack Obama’s steps toward normalization.

Speaking from Miami, Trump will direct the Treasury and Commerce Departments to prohibit direct financial transactions with Cuba’s military and intelligence services, White House officials said Thursday. The directive will allow exceptions for airlines and cruise lines and will aim to not disrupt business under way, they said.

Perhaps the most tangible effect of the changes will be the elimination of loosened travel regulations that allowed individuals to self-certify their travel as cultural exchange without joining a tour group.

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