CUBA/FOREIGN POLICY/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE/REX TILLERSON: “The Trump administration likely will scale back policy changes it believes have benefited the Cuban government while preserving some of the increased commercial activity that has begun after former President Barack Obama moved to normalize U.S.-Cuban ties, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday [6-13-17].
President Donald Trump is expected to announce an amended Cuba policy during an appearance in Miami on Friday, according to people familiar with administration discussions. The White House hasn’t confirmed Mr. Trump’s plans.
Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said during a hearing on Tuesday that he knew Mr. Trump would announce the changes Friday, and asked Mr. Tillerson to explain them further…
The people familiar with the deliberations said Trump administration officials are considering steps to tighten enforcement of travel restrictions that had been loosened during the Obama administration. The administration also is considering elimination of regulations that allowed individuals to plan their own cultural exchanges.
Mr. Tillerson said Tuesday that interagency deliberations are still ongoing. Cuban officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.”
-Felicia Schwartz, “Trump Plans Rollback of Obama Cuba Policy,” The Wall Street Journal online, June 13, 2017 06:57pm