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Trump’s Cuba policy on travel and U.S. business dealings likely more moderate

President Donald Trumps Cuba policy, largely influenced by two Florida lawmakers, is expected to target travel to the communist country and US business ventures there.

US Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Sen. Marco Rubio have been discussing changes in Cuba policy with the administration.

Both Republicans are considered top congressional advisers on the subject, and both criticized former President Barack Obamas attempts to improve relations with Cuba as weak.

Diaz-Balart, generally considered more hardline in his approach to Cuba, has called for blocking US business dealingswith companies financially supported by that countrys military or intelligence agencies.

Diaz-Balart unsuccessfully offered the proposalin 2016 budget language.

If interpreted broadly, his proposal could shut down practically all travel to Cuba because the military controls the ports and airlines and a majority of hotels, said John Kavulich, senior policy adviser to the US-Cuba Trade and Economic Council.

“That’s unlikely to happen,” Kavulich said.

Instead, any policy affecting US business dealings in Cuba is expected to be more narrowly drawn, he said.

Trumps changes likely wont go as far as some Cuban-Americans in Floridawould like.

“While I don’t expect them to agree with everything I want, I’m grateful that they listen,” Diaz-Balart said. “I believe a drastically different deal with Cuba is imminent.”

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