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Havana Cuba 1908 Postcard
On June 7th Swiss-based Kempinski inaugurated its Gran Hotel Manzana in Havana Cuba. According to Reuters, June 7, 2017, other luxury hotels are to be managed by Spain’s Iberostar and France’s Accor SA ACCP.SA. [1]
On Friday, June 16th, Reuters reported: “Trump rolls back parts of what he calls ‘terrible’ Obama Cuba policy“. [2]

Trump is tightening the ban on Americans going to Cuba as tourists, and spending dollars there. Trips for educational purposes must be in groups. While people who go can still bring back cigars, fewer people will be able to go. https://www.treasury. gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faqs_20170616.pdf This raises the question of if it is to benefit his Altria stocks, since they sell cigars. This appears likely only a tiny part, however, if it plays a role at all.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3867112-Trump-Financial-Disclosure-2017.html

What Trump looks like he’s going after is Cuba’s hotel and tourism industry, perhaps because they compete with his Florida properties, perhaps to shake-down the Cuban Government to give him a hotel management contract (s) and/or to allow him to buy or build a Trump hotel? And/or a Casino? A Golf Course? It looks like a shakedown. It also looks like he may be jealous and wanting to “destroy” Kempinski et. al. But, there are plenty of Canadians, Europeans, and probably increasing numbers of Asians who will occupy those luxury hotel rooms. And, rich Russians probably will love those luxury Havana hotels, too.

Trump’s blah-blah apparent excuse: “The new policy channels economic activities away from the Cuban military monopoly, Grupo de Administración Empresarial (GAESA), including most travel-related transactions,… President Trump’s policy changes will… pressure the Cuban government to allow the Cuban people to expand the private sector../ The policy enhances travel restrictions to better enforce the statutory ban on United States tourism to Cuba. Among other changes, travel for non-academic educational purposes will be limited to group travel. The self-directed, individual travel permitted by the Obama administration will be prohibited. Cuban-Americans will be able to continue to visit their family in Cuba and send them remittances.” https://www.whitehouse. gov/blog/2017/06/16/fact-sheet-cuba-policy [Update note: Various media outlets have stated that this means that even the educational groups wouldn’t be able to stay at any GAESA operated hotels. They presumably wouldn’t be able to take GAESA tours either. Who are the private hotel owners-tour companies who benefit from this policy? Do they have ties to Trump? Or Putin? ]

Why is Trump after GAESA? Tourist operations such as Gaviota S.A. and Cubanacán belong to GAESA, as does Tecnotex (involved in numerous construction scandals), Almacenes Universal, and all of the free trade zones of the country. “Militares en la economía de Cuba, un caso de secuestro“, julio 16, 2015, Ernesto Pérez Chang https://www.martinoticias.com/a/cuba-economia-militares/98996.html The Gaviota Group,S.A. is a Cuban tourist company that has 3,4 and 5 star hotels on the beachfront and in important cities. https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grupo_de_Turismo_Gaviota_S.A

According to the Miami Herald, the GAESA-owned Gaviota hotel chain has almost 29,000 rooms around Cuba. Around 40% of Cuba’s foreign tourists stay there. Foreign hotel chains like Spain’s Meliá and the Swiss Kempinski manage 83 percent of its rooms. Sheraton’s Starwood chain manages the Four Points Hotel in Havana subsequent to Obama Policy changes. Gaviota owns Cuba’s Gran Hotel Manzana in Havana, Cuba’s first luxury hotel (at least since the revolution.) It is managed by the Kempinski group. [3]

Perhaps Trump wanted the Four Points Hotel contract?

Think this is far-fetched?
For instance, when Defendant [Trump] publicly advocated during the presidential campaign for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for Defendant’s name to be removed from the Trump Towers Istanbul, two high-rises containing offices and luxury apartments, connected by a shopping mall. But after Defendant subsequently defended Erdogan’s suppression of political dissidents, “the calls for the renaming of the Trump Towers Mall ended.”127 Defendant himself has acknowledged that he has “a little conflict of interest” regarding Turkey because “I have a major, major building in Istanbul.” Blumenthal et. al. vs Trump Case 1:17-cv-01154-EGS Document 1 Filed 06/14/17 Page 49 of 54 http://ia801507.us.archive.org/30/items/gov.uscourts.dcd.187220/gov.uscourts.dcd.187220.1.0.pdf

[ Update: Newsweek reported and published a document showing that “On February 8, 1999, Seven Arrows billed Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, Inc. for the $68,551.88 it had incurred prior to and including a trip to Cuba on behalf of Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc.” See: “HOW DONALD TRUMP’S COMPANY VIOLATED THE UNITED STATES EMBARGO AGAINST CUBA“, BY KURT EICHENWALD ON 9/29/16 http://www.newsweek. com/2016/10/14/donald-trump-cuban-embargo-castro-violated-florida-504059.html It was apparently to be ahead of the game if embargo restrictions were loosened.

Lawsuit against Cordish: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2005-12-11/trumps-angry-apprentice David Cordish’s son Reed is now friend to Ivanka and Jared Kushner and one of Trump’s assistants. Some other articles on this lawsuit leave the impression that Trump sues to get his way and after a settlement is reached is best buddies…

[1] “Luxury hotels arrive in Cuba despite fears Trump may hurt tourism boom“, Wed Jun 7, 2017 | 11:25pm EDT http://www.reuters. com/article/us-cuba-tourism-idUSKBN18Y1D0
[2] “Trump rolls back parts of what he calls ‘terrible’ Obama Cuba policy
Posted:Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:51:08 -0400
MIAMI (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Friday ordered tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and a clampdown on U.S. business dealings with the Caribbean island’s military, saying he was canceling former President Barack Obama’s “terrible and misguided deal” with Havana.

http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/vsz-Kmsti8M/us-usa-cuba-idUSKBN1970EC
[3] “High on Cuba policy proposal: restricting U.S. business deals with Cuba’s military-run entities“, JUNE 12, 2017 6:51 PM, Read the article,here: http://www.miamiherald. com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article155772469.html

Postcard via wikimedia- https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/dc/1908_Postcard_Habana_%28Havana%29_Cuba.jpg

Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group with a history of more than 119 years. The history of this traditional company began in 1897 with the foundation of the ‘Hotelbetriebs-Aktiengesellschaft’ in Berlin. A parallel development was that of M. Kempinski & Co, founded by Berthold Kempinski, which was acquired by the ‘Hotelbetriebs-Aktiengesellschaft’ in 1953.
Berthold Kempinski was born on 10 October 1843 in Posen (then a German province, and now Poland). The Kempinski family was already successfully active in the wine trade from 1862. In 1872 it extended its company to Berlin, where Berthold Kempinski opened a wine-merchant’s business under his name in the Friedrichstrasse. In 1889 he opened a restaurant in the Leipziger Strassewhich was the biggest in the whole of Berlin
.”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kempinski

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MILITARY CONTROLLING HOTELS IS FRIGHTENING, THOUGH BETTER THAN MAFIA WHICH PREVIOUSLY CONTROLLED CUBAN CASINOS AND PROBABLY HOTELS. HOWEVER, WE OPPOSE WHAT APPEARS A BRAZEN SHAKEDOWN BY TRUMP FOR THE BUSINESS INTERESTS OF HIM AND/OR HIS KIDS.

“Art of the Con” image is a modified screen-shot from an official White House video and is thus public domain.