The U.S. abstained Wednesday on a UN vote condemning America's Cuba embargo

The United States on Wednesday abstained for the first time in 25 years on a U.N. resolution condemning America's economic embargo against Cuba, a resolution it had always vehemently opposed.

An abstention effectively pits the Obama administration and Cuba with the world body against the Republican-led Congress, which supports the 55-year-old embargo despite the U.S. resumption of full diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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NBC News -
Trump rolled back Washington-Havana relations, but it's not a breakup

Leaving the ill winds of Washington behind, President Donald J. Trump basked in the adulation of supporters in a packed Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana, the heart of the Cuban exile community in Miami, where he announced on Friday his rollback of Washington-Havana relations and a crackdown on travel and business ties to the island.

Luisita Lopez Torregrosa, a New York-based journalist and author and former editor at The New York Times, last wrote for NBC Latino on the death of Fidel Castro.

Trump partially rolls back Obama's Cuba thaw

On Friday, Mr Trump signed a presidential directive calling for tighter enforcement of a longstanding ban on American tourists going to Cuba.

Zane Kerby of the American Society of Travel Agents said before the speech it was "disappointed" at Mr Trump's plans to "turn back the clock" in terms of expanded travel and trade between the U.S. and Cuba. "The past few years have seen a growth in business for US travel agencies, tour operators, airlines, cruise lines, hotel and other travel companies.

New York Times -
Trump Reverses Pieces of Obama-era Engagement With Cuba

President Trump announced on Friday that he was reversing crucial pieces of the Obama-era policy of engagement with Cuba, arguing that he was revoking elements of a “terrible and misguided deal” by reinstating travel and commercial restrictions in a bid to force concessions from the Castro government.

During a speech at a theater in Little Havana, the epicenter of the Cuban exile community in Miami that supported him in last year’s election, Mr. Trump said he was keeping a campaign promise to roll back the détente begun by his predecessor, which he said had empowered the communist government in Cuba and enriched the military, intensifying its repression of citizens of the island nation.

NBC News -
President Trump announces limits to travel and trade with Cuba

The United States will tighten travel restrictions and block some business with the island nation's military regime, President Donald Trump announced Friday.

"The confusion that will surround this policy will undoubtedly stifle U.S. demand to travel to the island," James Williams , president of Engage Cuba, a group of businesses and organizations working to lift the embargo, said in a statement.

Washington Post -
Trump announces revisions to parts of Obama’s Cuba policy

President Trump announced a new policy toward Cuba Friday that seeks to curb commercial dealings that benefit the Castro regime and could limit the freedom of some U.S. citizens to travel to the island — but leaves in place many changes implemented by his predecessor.

“With God’s help a free Cuba is what we will soon achieve,” Trump said at the Manuel Artime Theater, a highly symbolic venue named after a leader of the Bay of Pigs exile invasion of Cuba in 1961, a failed U.S.-backed attempt to overthrow the revolutionary government of Fidel Castro.

ABC News -
Trump says he's 'canceling' Obama Cuba deal, unveiling new policies

After nearly three years of warming relations between the United States and Cuba, President Donald Trump has announced that his administration will unravel many of his predecessor’s policies on the communist state.

Fulfilling a promise to the anti-Castro voting bloc he believes helped his campaign clinch the state, but stirring fear among others he could set back business interests and Cuba’s potential for a more prosperous private sector.

ABC News -
What does Trump's new Cuba policy mean for travel to island?

Here's what's changing with President Donald Trump's new policy on travel to Cuba, announced Friday:. Before former President Barack Obama launched detente with Cuba in December 2014, most Americans without family ties to Cuba traveled to the island on expensive guided tours dedicated to full-time "meaningful interaction" with the Cuban people and — in principle at least — avoiding activities that could be considered tourism, which is illegal under U.S. law. "People-to-people" tour companies needed special licenses from the U.S. Treasury Department and were regularly audited and faced steep fines or loss of licenses for allowing travelers to engage in tourism.

Reuters -
Cubans say crestfallen that Trump rolling back detente

Other dissidents agree repression has worsened but say rolling back the detente, which will hurt ordinary Cubans, is not the solution.

Trump will on Friday announce a plan to tighten rules on Americans traveling to Communist-run Cuba and significantly restrict U.S. firms from doing business with Cuban enterprises controlled by the military, White House officials said. "It hurts to be going backwards.

NBC News -
First Read's Morning Clips: Changing Obama's Cuba Policy

“The president's policy change seeks to restrict the flow of money to ‘oppressive elements of the Cuba regime’ by ending individual people-to people-travel designations, a senior administration official told reporters on Thursday.

In which individuals can travel to Cuba alone and not as part of an organized tour group, which has the ‘highest risk of potential abuse,’ an official said — still leaves 11 other categories under which Americans can visit Cuba legally.

Reuters -
Trump to clamp down on Cuba travel, trade, curbing Obama's detente

Laying out his new Cuba policy in a speech in Miami, Trump will issue a presidential directive to reverse some of the loosened regulations that Obama introduced after a 2014 breakthrough between the two former Cold War foes, senior White House officials said.

While tourism to Cuba is banned by U.S. law, the Obama administration had been allowing people to travel to Cuba as part of “people to people” educational trips for visitors, a popular classification that a White House official said was “ripe for abuse” by those looking for beach vacations.

Global News -
Donald Trump set to announce new revised Cuba policy

Stopping short of a complete turnabout, President Donald Trump is expected to announce a revised Cuba policy aimed at stopping the flow of U.S. cash to the country’s military and security services while maintaining diplomatic relations and allowing U.S. airlines and cruise ships to continue service to the island.

READ MORE: Obama opened the U.S. up to Cuba, and Trump may be about to close it again. By restricting individual U.S. travel to Cuba, the new policy also risks cutting off a major source of income for Cuba’s private business sector, which the policy is meant to support.

The Guardian -
Donald Trump to announce new restrictions on Cuba trade and travel

Donald Trump will on Friday announce new restrictions on trade and travel to Cuba on Friday, but will not entirely reverse Barack Obama’s 2015 rapprochement with Havana.

Diplomatic relations will remain, and so will commercial flights, but travel to Cuba will be more tightly monitored and business will face restrictions aimed at ensuring that Cuban military and intelligence organisations do not benefit.

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