Obama to Decide Whom to Meet in Cuba: White House
US President Barack Obama with
Cuba’s President Raul Castro during a bilateral meeting in April 2015. (Photo: Reuters)
US President Barack Obama with Cuba’s President Raul Castro during a bilateral meeting in April 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

Obama to Decide Whom to Meet in Cuba: White House

President Barack Obama alone will decide whom to meet with when he lands in Cuba on a history-making trip later this month, the White House said on Friday. It sought to dispel any notion that Cuban officials would have a hand in choreographing the president’s activities on the island.

Obama will be the first sitting president to visit Havana in nearly 90 years, following President Calvin Coolidge’s trip there in 1928.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

Secretary of State John Kerry considered making the trip, Earnest said, but it wasn’t scheduled. Kerry instead will accompany Obama to Cuba, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

He was adamant that Obama intends to meet with some of Cuba’s dissidents during the visit.

Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro moved more than a year ago to end decades of hostile relations between their formerly estranged countries. Since then, the U.S. and Cuba have reopened embassies in Washington and Havana and have taken steps to restore commercial air travel and loosen other restrictions.

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