By Gregory Wilpert
GREG WILPERT: It’s The Real News Network, and I’m Greg Wilpert in Baltimore.
The Trump administration imposed new travel restrictions on Cuba taking effect on Wednesday, June 5. The new restrictions prohibit cruise ships from travelling to Cuba, as well as educational and cultural trips, known as people-to-people trips, which are the most common type of visits made by U.S. citizens to Cuba. According to the Cuban government, this year alone over 250,000 Americans visited Cuba between January 1 and April 30. Under the people-to-people designation, the cruise ship lines Carnival Corp, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian have all said they will suspend travel to Cuba, which will affect about 800,000 bookings. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin released a statement on Tuesday in which he justified the new restrictions by saying “Cuba continues to play a destabilizing role in the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region, and propping up U.S. adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua by fomenting instability, undermining the rule of law, and suppressing democratic processes.”.
The new restrictions come on top of last April’s implementation of…