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As Cherie Cancio, a founder and programming lead of CubaOne, puts it, "Any sort of setbacks or changes with travel restrictions do not make sense anymore for our community". He will not unilaterally break diplomatic ties with the island or close down the USA embassy in Havana.

But for those in the tourism industry, that has benefited tangibly from a threefold increase in US visitors in the past two years, it is a different story.

But, he said, rolling back the Obama-era opening wouldn't make things better for the Cuban people.

But I gotta admit I feel sympathy for the presidents who are in Miami for the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America. Marco Rubio plan to appear together in Miami on Friday when Trump announces changes in US policy toward Cuba.

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to fulfill his campaign promise to curtail the 2014 re-engagement deal between Washington and Havana, tightening pressure on Cuba and dashing the hopes of those who had hoped for a thaw in relations between the two neighbors.

"Young Cuban-Americans in many ways are conditioned to think going to Cuba equals giving money to Castro, equals hurting the Cuban people", Sopo says.

He will also leave in place some other tangible changes made by his Democratic predecessor, including the resumption of direct U.S. -Cuba commercial flights, though Trump's more restrictive policy seems certain to dampen new economic ties overall. Right-wing Cuban-American legislators - Republican Sen. Greater sanctions wouldn't persuade Cuba's one-party state to change its spots; they would just reinvigorate aging hardliners and their narrative of Yanqui persecution. American visits would likely drop, hurting both US airlines and accommodation services operating there, as well as the Cuban tourism industry. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, two Cuban-American lawmakers from South Florida.

Despite Obama's effort to improve ties, the Republican-dominated Congress has refused to lift Washington's 57-year-old embargo against Havana, which makes it illegal for USA corporations to do business with Cuba. By the May 3 Oval Office meeting, their recommendation was in: Keep Obama's push to normalize US relations with the regime of Cuban leader Raúl Castro.

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The government in Havana has made no public statements about the possible changes, although a high-ranking Cuban official told CNN this week that Raúl Castro is willing to negotiate a new deal with Trump. "I have so many friends from Cuba".

U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba rose to $221 million in 2016 after three consecutive annual declines, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data compiled by Bloomberg.

The results have been uneven.

"The oppressors of the Cuban people are the Cuban government who have increased repression on the island against dissidents ... since reestablishing diplomatic relations".

Former president Barack Obama implemented his Cuba normalization measures through executive actions that bypassed Congress, giving Trump the power to undo much of it with the stroke of a pen.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he understood arguments for and against stronger ties with Cuba. The pro-business leaders said travel and trade with Cuba boosts American businesses and spread free market ideals to the island. A change in policies was the first smart steps we've taken in our relationship with the island in at least a generation. He promised them to provide more job opportunities and to reduce trade will not assist in doing that and so Trump is a confusion state.

Many Cubans who have not felt much impact from the detente on their daily lives agree, and feel resigned.

The global watchdog group Human Rights Watch, in its most recent annual update, said, "The Cuban government continues to repress dissent and punish public criticism", using beatings and job termination to try to silence its critics. Numerous big hotels in Havana, for example, would be off limits to American visitors.

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