President Donald Trump’s administration is restricting travel to Cuba, the US State Department said on Tuesday.
The Trump administration is ending an educational travel program and banning “passenger and recreational vessels” – which include cruise ships and yachts, as well as private and corporate planes – from traveling to Cuba.
The State Department cited as reasons for the ban the Cuban government’s repression of its citizens and support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who faces a challenge to his tenure from opposition leader Juan Guaido amid a spiraling economic crisis.
“Veiled tourism has served to line the pockets of the Cuban military, the very same people supporting Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela and repressing the Cuban people on the island,” the US State Department said in a statement. “The United States calls on the regime to abandon its repression of Cubans, cease its interference in Venezuela, and work toward building a stable, prosperous, and free country for the Cuban people.”