Calvin Coolidge was the last US president to set foot on Cuban soil — and that was 88 years ago.

Obama plans Cuba visit in March

Visit to the communist enclave will be the first for a US president in 88 years

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will travel to Cuba within weeks, a senior administration official said Wednesday, making a historic visit as part of an effort to end more than a half-century of estrangement and forge normalised relations with a Cold War adversary.

The administration will announce the trip — the first by a sitting president in 88 years, when Calvin Coolidge visited — on Thursday as top officials from the Commerce, Treasury and State departments are meeting privately with their Cuban counterparts in Washington for talks aimed at expanding business ties between the two nations.

Opening the discussions Wednesday, Penny Pritzker, the commerce secretary, called on the government of Cuba to open its economy to American business and investment, saying the Cubans must do more to help facilitate commerce after the thaw between the two nations. Read more...


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