Trump tight­ens Cuba sanc­tions as he woos Cuban Amer­i­can vote

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WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounced Wed­nes­day that U.S. trav­el­ers won’t be al­lowed to bring home Cuban cigars and rum or stay in gov­ern­ment-owned ho­tels there un­der new mea­sures de­signed to help fi­nan­cially crip­ple the is­land’s gov­ern­ment. The ac­tion came as Trump is seek­ing to boost his ap­peal among Cuban Amer­i­cans, a cru­cial Repub­li­can-lean­ing vot­ing bloc in the all-im­por­tant state of Florida.

Trump made the an­nounce­ment at the White House as he con­sid­ers choos­ing a Cuban Amer­i­can woman from Florida to fill a va­cancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump said the new Trea­sury Depart­ment sanc­tions will en­sure that U.S. dol­lars do not fund the Cuban gov­ern­ment.

He has been tak­ing steps over the past four years to re­in­state an eco­nomic block­ade of Cuba and re­verse the strat­egy of restor­ing diplo­matic re­la­tions with the Caribbean is­land, the pol­icy pur­sued by for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, a Demo­crat.

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