Trump administration imposes new restrictions on travel to Cuba

New restrictions have been imposed on travel and sending money to Cuba, as well as new sanctions on Venezuela and Nicaragua, three countries National Security Adviser John Bolton called the “three stooges of socialism.”

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The actions are the latest move in President Trump’s efforts to roll back the Obama administration’s openings to Havana, and to punish Cuba for its support for the Venezuelan government of President Nicolás Maduro.

The new measures, outlined by Bolton in a Miami speech, follow an announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the administration will lift restraints that have prevented lawsuits from U.S. citizens seeking compensation for property expropriated by the Cuban revolutionary government that seized power there six decades ago.

Bolton also announced new sanctions against Venezuela and Nicaragua that will bar parts of their banking systems from U.S. dollar transactions.

The actions are the latest move in President Trump’s efforts to roll back the Obama administration’s openings to Havana, and to punish Cuba for its support for the Venezuelan government of President Nicolás Maduro.

The new Cuba restrictions are likely to provoke a strong reaction from Cuban Americans, which polls indicate are divided between those who support the Trump crackdown and those who advocate widening the Obama opening.

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Travel to Cuba will now be limited to family visits, restricting those deemed as “veiled tourism,” said a high-ranking official who spoke on condition of anonymity. That could signal the end of cruises, which started to operate during the Obama years because of an expansion of the categories of travel allowed.

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