"Since President Obama transformed USA relations with Cuba in 2014, Americans and Cubans alike have reaped the benefits of expanded trade, loosened travel restrictions, and strengthened diplomatic ties".
Observers expect the Trump Cuba policy to roll back some of the measures former President Barack Obama put into place to allow more robust business cooperation with that country's communist government.
What do the Cuban people think?
The rules did not actually change what USA visitors are legally able to do in Cuba, and regular tourism is still technically illegal, but it allowed individuals to take people-to-people trips and self-certify in an affidavit that they had complied with those regulations.
Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio was instrumental in drafting Trump's changes. More information will be available on the WhiteHouse.gov in the future, and will be delivered by Trump himself soon. It was at this point that Rubio made the suggestion that the President would have to "go it alone".
The policy will direct related departments to start working on these rules within 30 days, but one official said, however, that once the legislating process begins, the process will "take as long as it takes".
Through civilian-run holding companies, the Cuban military owns or controls much of the economy, particularly the tourism sector.
Tomorrow, President Donald Trump will announce his administration's new policy towards Cuba, but drafts provided to news organizations suggest it will not be friendly towards Americans wanting to visiting Cuba. Fin formerly worked as the Miami Bureau Producer for Fox News Channel where he covered Florida Politics & Latin America.
The changes won't go into effect until regulations are issued.
The new policy will ban most US business deals with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), a sprawling conglomerate involved in all sectors of the economy, but make exceptions related to air and sea travel, the officials said.
As a result, the changes - though far-reaching - appear to be less sweeping than many U.S.pro-engagement advocates had feared. The Obama administration eased those restrictions by allowing visitors to merely declare their reason for going, with few questions asked. And travelers seeking "people-to-people" contact will have to sign up with an organized tour group.
Obama also gave illegal immigrants from Cuba a path to legal status and opened travel to the island nation. Numerous big hotels in Havana, for example, would be off limits to American visitors.
"The new policy will empower the Cuban people", a senior White House official said. Airlines will still be allowed to pay landing fees at Cuban airports, for example.
"There are about 50 or 60 Wi-Fi hot spots in Havana".
A Cuban official told CNN that the country is not anxious about new restrictions on cigars, because it will simply sell them elsewhere.
While far from a major reversal of Obama's détente with Cuba, the revised policy has borrowed from suggestions from more hardline Cuban-Americans who believed Obama had struck an uneven bargain with the Castro regime. Sen.
Critics of Obama's approach contend that many US visitors have taken advantage of eased regulations and looser scrutiny to visit the island for pleasure trips.
Could there be a change In U.S. policy toward Cuba? Trump wants to see improved human rights, free elections and the release of political prisoners, officials said.
But watchdog groups such as Human Rights Watch are skeptical of a return to the terms of the half-century Cold War stand-off, with its total trade embargo and no diplomatic ties.