Trump restricts U.S. travel to Cuba and Florida responds

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The Trump administration announced this morning that it would be restricting US travel to Cuba by banning group tours and cruise ship port calls in an effort to “restrict non-family travel to Cuba in order to hold the Cuban regime accountable for its repression of the Cuban people and its support of the Maduro regime in Venezuela.”

The State Department released a statement, adding that “veiled tourism has served to line the pockets of the Cuban military, the very same people supporting Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela and repressing the Cuban people on the island.”

Steve Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary, detailed that the restrictions “will help to keep U.S. dollars out of the hands of the Cuban military, intelligence, and security services.” Calling Cuba “destabilizing,” Mnuchin added that Cuba is also guilty of “in the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region and propping up U.S. adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua.”