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 August.

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.


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