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The Trump administration introduced regulations on Tuesday for U.S. citizens' travel to Cuba — prohibiting some educational, cultural and recreational tours, PBS reports.

What they're saying: “This administration has made a strategic decision to reverse the loosening of sanctions and other restrictions on the Cuban regime," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. "These actions will help to keep U.S. dollars out of the hands of Cuban military, intelligence, and security services."

“Cruise ships as well as recreational and pleasure vessels are prohibited from departing the U.S. on temporary sojourn to Cuba effective tomorrow.”
— the Commerce Department, per a statement to AP

The Treasury Department, in a statement, explained that the U.S. will no longer allow group trips dubbed "people to people" travel to Cuba. The U.S. will also deny requests for private and corporate planes and boats, though commercial flights remain impervious to the restrictions for now. Tours for media, college groups and academic research, as well as professionally oriented meetings, will still to be permitted, according to PBS.

  • The new restrictions are expected to go into effect on Wednesday.

Why now: Mnuchin explained that the move follows what he described as Cuba's "destabilizing role" in the Western hemisphere, which includes the nation's ongoing support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's regime.

Context: The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba in late 2014. Cruise travel from the U.S. to Cuba began in May 2016, per AP.

Go deeper: Trump administration announces new policy crackdown on Cuba

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Biden holds first phone call with Putin, raises Navalny arrest

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President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies, AP reports.

The state of play: Biden also planned to raise arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said the call took place while she was delivering a press briefing. Psaki added that a full readout will be provided later Tuesday.

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

Joe Biden prays at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. PHOTO: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.