Calling the Obama administration's deal with Cuba "terrible
and misguided," President Donald Trump signed a new Cuba policy into
effect on Friday that puts an end to individual people-to-people travel to
Trump's policy reverts to the pre-2016 Cuba travel rules
which mandate that anyone traveling under the people-to-people category be part
of a group.
"The self-directed, individual travel permitted by the
Obama administration will be prohibited," the policy states.
"Easing restrictions on travel and trade does not help
the people, it only enriches the Cuban regime," Trump said. "The
profits flow directly to the military. The regime takes the money and owns the
The new policy does not impact airlines and cruise ships,
which will continue to be allowed to operate.
Speaking in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood on Friday,
Trump said that the Obama-era policy was "misguided."
"It's hard to think of a policy that makes less sense
that the prior administration's terrible and misguided deal with the Castro
regime," Trump said. "They made a deal with a government that spreads
violence and instability in the region. Those days are over."
Cuban-Americans will be able to continue to visit their
family in Cuba and send them remittances.