Barack Obama will travel to Cuba in the coming weeks, becoming the first sitting US president to make a state visit to the island in nearly nine decades.Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who are Cuban-American, both said they would not travel to Cuba and then farted. (I'm paraphrasing.)
The White House is planning to make the announcement on Thursday, a senior administration official told the Guardian.
Obama and Cuban president Raúl Castro announced in late 2014 that they would begin normalizing ties. The Obama administration is eager to make rapid progress on building trade and diplomatic ties with Cuba before Obama leaves office. The two nations signed a deal Tuesday restoring commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades.
...President Calvin Coolidge went to Havana in January 1928 to give a speech to the sixth International Conference of American States, according to the State Department historian's office, which records the foreign travel of presidents and secretaries of state.
Posted by Melissa McEwan at Thursday, February 18, 2016
Well, I'd never thought I'd see this happen in my lifetime: