Trump says he'll hold Cuban gov't 'accountable'

President Donald Trump on Friday is expected to announce changes to existing USA policy toward Cuba during a trip to Miami.

Across the way, protesters held up signs deriding Trump's decision to rollback the Obama administration's Cuba initiative. Trump's prohibition, in effect, puts other hotel companies on equal footing with his personal company - not allowed to pursue future business in Cuba. "They only enrich the Cuban regime".

But Havana says it won't bow to US pressure. But he will impose new limits on commercial transactions that involve the Cuban military.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told the Miami Herald that the policy was a strategic, long-term attempt to force aging Cuban military and intelligence officers to ease their grip on the island's economy as a younger generation of leaders prepares to take over. "We will enforce the embargo", he said. Other Cuban-American lawmakers started getting briefed on the policy Thursday.

"It's going to really hurt me because the majority of my clients are from the United States", said Enrique Montoto, 61, who rents rooms on USA online home-rental marketplace Airbnb, which expanded into Cuba in 2015.

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Even Americans traveling legally to Cuba, according to the new Trump policy, would not be able to stay in any hotel connected to the Cuban military, including, presumably, the Four Points by Sheraton in Havana. Companies like Airbnb said they will scrutinize the new policies and regulations to see if doing business in Cuba makes sense anymore. His aides contend that Obama's easing of US restrictions has done nothing to advance political freedoms in Cuba, while benefiting the Cuban government financially.

By law, travel to the island from the U.S.is still generally limited to 12 authorized categories such as educational activity, humanitarian projects and support for the Cuban people.

Scott insisted Obama's policy didn't work. Here's an early look at the new policy. He said the Society will continue to advocate for that cause.

That could have far-reaching effects since the military touches nearly every corner of the Cuban economy.

Without doubt it will impact those in the tourism industry that have benefited from a threefold increase in USA visits in the last two years, although it is unclear just how much.

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Trudeau said there have been no conversations with Cuban officials about what role Canada might play in helping to foster a better U.S. -Cuba relationship. This will essentially shield American airlines and cruise lines serving the island.

"There are about 50 or 60 Wi-Fi hot spots in Havana".

Trump said his administration will expose the crimes of the Castro regime and stand with the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom. "That has also happened as a result of normalization and I just can't imagine backtracking on something like that". The officials who conducted the briefing said those industries will be exempted from a broader crackdown on USA companies doing business with Cuban military and intelligence services.

"He will make the same promises that the last 10 presidents have made Cuban-Americans here in Miami and nothing happens", he said.

In addition to releasing dissidents and political prisoners, Trump demanded Cuba open itself to political and economic freedom, and hand over fugitives from U.S. justice, including murderers and terrorists.

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But critics say the opening failed to improve rights on the island. Furthermore, isolation would not end Castro's regime.

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