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He asked violinist Luis Haza, whose father was killed under Fidel Castro, to perform The Star-Spangled Banner.

In an early morning tweet, he said: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" He said he would "stand with the Cuban people in their fight against communist oppression", and went on to win about half the Cuban vote in Florida in the presidential election. The Cuban government has traditionally steered those tour groups to state-run business, meaning the majority of American travelers to Cuba will probably no longer be able to patronize private restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts and taxi drivers. Open yourselves to political and economic freedoms.

President Donald Trump announced a rollback of his predecessor's detente with Cuba on Friday, telling an enthusiastic crowd in Miami that the USA would continue to diplomatically and economically isolate the island until it held free and fair elections. Cuban Americans can still visit their families and send them money. Also, passengers who already booked travel will not be affected.

Trump has threat before his wishes to roll-back former President Barack Obama's rapprochement with Cuba.

Travel through organized groups is still permitted, as well as business unrelated to the Cuban military conglomerate known as GAESA.

Also not expected are any changes to US regulations governing what items Americans can bring back from Cuba, including the rum and cigars produced by state-run enterprises.

However, the future of the cruise industry from Tampa to Havana is far from certain, until more details of Trump's new policy are released.

Exact regulations will not be hammered out for several months.

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At the venue where Trump announced his policy changes, the president received a warm welcome from audience members.

"What changed from President Obama was it took the stigma and fear away of Americans going to Cuba", says Ferguson. "Today, a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba".

"I don't see anything new in the dynamic between Canada and Cuba other than a continued desire to work together for mutual benefit".

Joining Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the event were the architects of his Cuba policy, Sen.

Instead, the new presidential directive will order the Treasury and Commerce departments to begin within 30 days to write new regulations that reverse some of those Obama implemented to ease the U.S. embargo against Cuba that has remained in place for almost 60 years.

But Cuba's leaders don't respond well to such treatment - they've made very clear they will not let outsiders push them into making political reforms.

Cuba residents watch a television displaying coverage of U.S.

Trump justified his partial reversal of Obama's Cuba measures on human rights grounds, however, his critics have questioned why his administration is now singling out Cuba for its human rights record but downplaying the issue in other parts of the world.

Castor held her news conference at Tampa International Airport, which began offering commercial flights to Havana in 2011, and to other Cuban cities last winter.

Goodman also believes the cost for Americans to travel to Cuba will go up.

Goodman said while she expects the changes will "make handling travelers more hard", her company's tours will continue.

While tourist travel remained officially banned, Obama also allowed a broad category of "people to people" visits to Cuba.

"Travel from the U.S.to Cuba is an important way to encourage people-to-people diplomacy", the company said in a statement. They don't worry where they're going to get breakfast, lunch and dinner.

"It's an abuse of power by the US empire not to listen to the whole world's support against the blockade of Cuba", he said.

But individual "people-to-people" trips by Americans to Cuba, allowed by Obama for the first time in decades, will again be prohibited. Airbnb, which has built a multimillion-dollar business among Cubans who rent out rooms to foreign visitors, is not affected by the new policy. But it also takes into account objections from U.S. businesses that don't want to turn the clock back.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Trump met Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in May 2. Rubio pressed him to make good on his promise and played a critical role in developing the policy.

Rubio staunchly opposed Obama's re-engagement with Cuba, and he lauded Trump as he took the stage.

"Any policy change that diminishes the ability of Americans to travel freely to Cuba is not in the best interests of the United States or the Cuban people".


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