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Meanwhile, there will be no changes to " wet foot, dry foot " policy, which allows Cubans who arrive in the USA without visas to stay, an official said.

President Donald Trump has announced a series of changes to the Obama-era Cuba policy and is challenging the Cuban government to negotiate a better deal.

"The President has made clear that he will look toward repressive regimes in this hemisphere... the Cuba policy needs to change", a senior administration official said. The people familiar with the plans, both outside the White House, spoke earlier this week on condition of anonymity because discussions are ongoing.

Following secret talks conducted with the help of the Vatican City, Barack Obama announced a new approach to Cuba in 2015.

And they will saddle the USA government with the complicated task of policing U.S.travel to Cuba to make sure there are no transactions with the military-linked conglomerate that runs much of the Cuban economy.

For almost 50 years Cuban exiles have gathered on 8th street, including Cuban-American Orlando Atienta, who said he's been visiting since he was 5 years old. The rules also require a daylong schedule of activities created to expose the travelers to ordinary Cubans. The Trump administration will argue that these businesses fund the oligarchy that runs the Cuban government. "It puts these private businesses at an advantage, because Americans can only spend money with them, not the military monopoly". In this photo, Cubans watch the TV broadcast of the inaugural ceremony of Trump, from Havana, Cuba, Jan. 20, 2017.

Trump's policy aims to shift the flow of US money from the Cuban military that controls much of the economy to the emerging private sector.

American tourist travel was never technically speaking legal, and the White House says that they are generally making changes to travel categories so that it will be harder to abuse loopholes to go do things like hang out on Cuban beaches. The Treasury Department will soon issue new regulations regarding the forms of travel that are acceptable. "This is bad policy, bad politics and bad for US business". Some were persuaded. Ramon Sanchez, head of the Cuban-American democracy movement, explains his change in attitude.

Trump accused Cuba of "cruel despotism" in May, vowing to support its people's hopes for democracy, which raised ironic cheers from rights supporters more used to his cozying up to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other autocratic states.

Though Trump will announce his new policy this Friday, nothing will change until the agencies implement those regulations. It spent subsequent decades trying to either overthrow the Cuban government or isolate the island, including toughening an economic embargo first imposed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Trump is right to recalibrate this policy without jettisoning it wholesale. It will not alter the USA trade embargo, which can only be lifted by Congress.

The measures are also backed by Senator Marco Rubio.

One official said the difference was that Trump had specifically promised to take action on Cuba to a rally of the Cuban diaspora previous year in Florida, a state which Trump won. "And you can tell where they are because there are dozens of people crowded around there", said Carlos Gutierrez, a Cuban-American who served as Commerce Secretary in the George W. Bush administration. And U.S. companies will still be allowed to support telecommunications and Internet service on the island. The White House did not give a timetable.