While we were all focused on Donald Trump and the presidential election, Barack Hussein Obama quietly did something to encourage Americans to visit the communist nation of Cuba.
USA Today reported that the Obama administration announced a new round of executive actions on Friday that are aimed at increasing tourism to Cuba. With these actions, Obama has made it so that there will be no more restrictions on the island’s famed rum and cigars.
The new rules allow travelers to purchase unlimited quantities of Cuban rum and cigars in any country where they are sold as long as they are for personal consumption. The regulations were issued by the U.S. Treasury Department, and they will make it easier for U.S. companies to import Cuban-made pharmaceuticals. They will also make it simpler for U.S. agricultural companies to sell their products to the island and Cubans to purchase U.S.-made goods online.
“The Treasury Department has worked to break down economic barriers in areas such as travel, trade and commerce, banking, and telecommunications,” Treasury SecretaryJacob Lew said. “Today’s action builds on this progress by enabling more scientific collaboration, grants and scholarships, people-to-people contact, and private sector growth.”
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