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AP FACT CHECK: Not much new in Trump’s Cuba policy

President Donald Trump speaks about Cuba policy, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

HAVANA (AP) — An AP Fact Check finds that President Donald Trump’s policies on Cuba sounds a lot like President Barack Obama’s old policies.

Trump is leaving in place most of the important elements of Obama’s moves to open relations with the island.

Trump says his aim is to help the country’s nascent private sector. But his policy announced Friday contains a measure that could damage thousands of small-business people who host, feed and transport independent American travelers to Cuba.

Trump’s policy keeps a U.S. Embassy open in Havana and allows U.S. airlines and cruise ships to continue service to the island. Cuban-Americans can still send money to relatives and travel to the island without restriction. U.S. farmers can continue selling their crops to the Cuban government.

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