TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – For the first time in more than 80 years, a sitting US president is planning to visit Cuba. The White House announced Thursday President Barack Obama plans to visit Havana in March. The president’s official twitter account announced, “We still have differences with the Cuban government that I will raise directly. America will always stand for human rights around the world.”
Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor just returned from her own trip to Cuba and praised the President for taking the step. “I’m thrilled that President Obama and the first lady are going to travel to Cuba next month to meet entrepreneurs, the new business owners and the Cuban people, because what we will see is that Cuba continues to change,” Castor said. Not everyone is thrilled with the news. Longtime Castro regime critic Ralph Fernandez said it’s a sad day for him.