Cuba

Trump administration announces new policy crackdown on Cuba

National security adviser Michael Bolton
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The Trump administration is rolling back another Obama-era decision by restoring limits on the remittance U.S. citizens can send to family in Cuba and restricting Americans travel to the island, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Axios' Dave Lawler says the move comes in the context of Washington's standoff with Nicolas Maduro's regime in Venezuela. Cuba is a close ally of Maduro's and its military intelligence operatives help him maintain his power.

White House scraps historic agreement between MLB and Cuba

Illustration of a baseball glove on the ground with a Cuban-flag baseball
Illustration: Sarah Grillo

The Trump administration has nixed Major League Baseball's historic agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation (CBF) that would have made it easier for Cuban players to enter the U.S. legally without needing to defect.

Why it matters: The goal of this deal was to help end the dangerous trafficking of Cuban players that has gone on for decades, resulting in players being threatened, extorted or even kidnapped.