Trump trims Obama’s deal with Cuba

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American visitors will still be allowed to bring back all the rum and cigars they can carry.

President Trump announced to cheers and applause in Miami on Friday that he was “cancelling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.”

Obama’s agreement with Raul Castro’s government led to “an increase in violence and instability in the country and enriched the brutal communist regime that imprisons its own people,” Trump told Cuban exiles at Little Havana’s Manuel Artime Theater, named for a Cuban-American Bay of Pigs veteran.

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At Trump’s invitation, Cuban violinist Luis Haza, whose father was executed by the Fidel Castro government, plays the American national anthem during the event.

Trump said the U.S. won’t negotiate a new deal with Cuba “until it releases the political prisoners it claims it does not have, turns over fugitives from American justice, hands over military criminals, respects freedom of assembly and expression and holds free and fair elections.”

American companies will be barred from doing business with Cuba’s military-operated companies.

Passengers on commercial flights and cruise ships will face the threat of a Treasury audit if they don’t have a government-approved reason to be there. American visitors will still be allowed to bring back rum and cigars, however.

The U.S. Embassy in Cuba will also remain open.

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