Presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he
would undo the normalization of Cuba relations if he is elected.
In a Twitter post, Trump tweeted, “The people of Cuba have
struggled too long. Will reverse Obama’s Executive Orders and concessions
towards Cuba until freedoms are restored.”
Since becoming president, Obama has taken several steps to
relax the Bush administration’s hard line against Cuba. In 2009, Obama lifted restrictions
on travel and remittances to Cuba for Cuban-Americans. In 2011, he reinstated the
“people-to-people” travel program, enabling Americans to visit Cuba as long as the
trip had an educational, humanitarian or religious purpose and travelers
interacted with Cubans.
In December 2014, the Obama administration took its biggest
step, announcing a normalization of relations with Cuba. Embassies reopened in Havana
and Washington in August 2015.
In December 2015, the U.S. and Cuba agreed to restore
direct, commercial flights between the two countries for the first time in over
half a century. Airlines began launching scheduled U.S.-Cuba routes in late
Last March, Obama opened up Cuba to solo travel,
no longer requiring Americans to travel with an authorized group. That move
prompted some Cuba resorts to market to American travelers, even though leisure
travel is prohibited and the “people-to-people” requirement is still in place.
Starwood this year became the first U.S. hotel company to operate a hotel in Cuba in 55 years. And, Carnival Corp.'s Fathom brand began operating roundtrip cruises from Miami to Cuba this year.