Next 100 Days of President Donald Trump- Day 148

President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address

Press Gaggle Aboard Air Force One en route Miami, Florida | June 16, 2017

Remarks by President Trump on the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba

Fact Sheet on Cuba Policy

The White House – Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release, June 16, 2017

President Donald J. Trump is changing the policy of the United States toward Cuba to achieve four objectives:

Enhance compliance with United States law—in particular the provisions that govern the embargo of Cuba and the ban on tourism;
Hold the Cuban regime accountable for oppression and human rights abuses ignored under the Obama policy;
Further the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and those of the Cuban people; and
Lay the groundwork for empowering the Cuban people to develop greater economic and political liberty.
Summary of Key Policy Changes:

The new policy channels economic activities away from the Cuban military monopoly, Grupo de Administración Empresarial (GAESA), including most travel-related transactions, while allowing American individuals and entities to develop economic ties to the private, small business sector in Cuba. The new policy makes clear that the primary obstacle to the Cuban people’s prosperity and economic freedom is the Cuban military’s practice of controlling virtually every profitable sector of the economy. President Trump’s policy changes will encourage American commerce with free Cuban businesses and pressure the Cuban government to allow the Cuban people to expand the private sector.
The policy enhances travel restrictions to better enforce the statutory ban on United States tourism to Cuba. Among other changes, travel for non-academic educational purposes will be limited to group travel. The self-directed, individual travel permitted by the Obama administration will be prohibited. Cuban-Americans will be able to continue to visit their family in Cuba and send them remittances.
The policy reaffirms the United States statutory embargo of Cuba and opposes calls in the United Nations and other international forums for its termination. The policy also mandates regular reporting on Cuba’s progress—if any—toward greater political and economic freedom.
The policy clarifies that any further improvements in the United States-Cuba relationship will depend entirely on the Cuban government’s willingness to improve the lives of the Cuban people, including through promoting the rule of law, respecting human rights, and taking concrete steps to foster political and economic freedoms.
The policy memorandum directs the Treasury and Commerce Departments to begin the process of issuing new regulations within 30 days. The policy changes will not take effect until those Departments have finalized their new regulations, a process that may take several months. The Treasury Department has issued Q&As that provide additional detail on the impact of the policy changes on American travelers and businesses.

Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Personal Financial Disclosure Form

The White House – Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release, June 16, 2017

President Trump welcomed the opportunity to voluntarily file his personal financial disclosure form; while this filing is voluntary (as no report was due until May 2018), it has been certified by the Office of Government Ethics pursuant to its normal procedures.

President Donald J. Trump Approves Kansas Disaster Declaration

The White House – Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release, June 16, 2017

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Kansas and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe winter storm, snowstorm, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of April 28 to May 3, 2017.

Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by a severe winter storm, snowstorm, straight-line winds and flooding in the counties of Cherokee, Cheyenne, Crawford, Decatur, Finney, Gove, Graham, Grant, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Kearny, Lane, Logan, Morton, Neosho, Norton, Rawlins, Scott, Seward, Sheridan, Sherman, Stanton, Stevens, Thomas, Wallace, and Wichita.

In addition, Federal funding is available to the State and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for snow removal for a continuous 48 hour period during or proximate to the incident period in the counties of Greeley, Hamilton, Lane, Logan, Morton, Scott, Thomas, and Wallace.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Robert J. Fenton, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named David G. Samaniego as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

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