>> I am cancelling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba.>> President Trump clamping down on trade with Cuba on Friday, partially undoing President Obama's historic decision to build ties with Havana.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington. Trump may be increasingly hemmed in by the Russia probe at home, but that's not stopping him from putting his stamp on foreign relations.
He's following through on a campaign promise to take a tougher approach to communist Cuba and reinstate the frosty relations that were in place for decades of the Cold War. Trump is aiming to stop U.S. tourists and U.S. dollars from helping to fund a repressive regime, but this is not a full-scale crackdown.
Facing pressure from business interests and some of his fellow Republicans, Trump is keeping many elements of Obama's Cuba policy intact.>> We do not want U.S. dollars to prop up a military monopoly that exploits and abuses the citizens of Cuba.>> Trump is not breaking diplomatic ties that were established two years ago after a decades-long Cold War freeze.
He's not cutting off direct flights between the United States and Cuba, and he's not gonna prevent Americans from bringing back rum and cigars from the island. But most U.S. companies will be blocked from doing business with a Cuban military conglomerate that plays a huge roll in the country's economy.
White House officials saying they could lift these conditions if the Cuban government improves its human rights record.>> America has rejected the Cuban people's oppressors.>> Critics warning that wouldn't do much to sway hardliners in the regime and pointing that Trump has shown little concern for human rights when dealing with China, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and other countries.
The move is likely to frustrate Midwestern farmers and other business groups who are looking to boost exports, but one group is certain to be pleased. Florida's large Cuban exile community, which backed Trump in the 2016 election, helping him win the Sunshine State and the White House. As Trump's approval ratings continue to plunge, he's showing his core supporters that he hasn't forgotten about them.