The Trump administration intensified its measures against Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, on Wednesday 17th April. The actions rolled back Obama’s administration policy and announced new restrictions and sanctions against the three countries whose leaders, national security adviser, John Bolton dubbed the "three stooges of socialism".
"The troika of tyranny — Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua — is beginning to crumble," Bolton said in a strong-toned speech near Miami on the 58th anniversary of the United States' failed Bay of Pigs invasion of the island, an attempt to overthrow the Cuban government, AP has reported.
The measures seem likely to hit hardest in Cuba, which is at a moment of severe economic weakness as it struggles to find cash to import basic food and other supplies following a reduction in aid from Venezuela and a string of bad years in other key economic sectors.
Bolton announced a new cap on the amount of money that families in the United States can send to their relatives in Cuba. The Obama administration had lifted limits on remittances, but the new limit will be $1,000 per person per quarter. Remittances to Cuba from the United States amounted to $3 billion in 2016, according to the State Department.