March 18, 2016

Whitehouse Announces Visit to Cuba with President Obama

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse announced today that he will be accompanying  President Barack Obama and his family for the first visit to Cuba by a sitting President in nearly nine decades.  Congressman David Cicilline has also been invited.  Whitehouse released the following statement regarding the trip:

“Cutting diplomatic relations with Cuba more than a half century ago has not achieved the kind of change we intended.  Now is the time for a different approach.  Despite our differences, our two nations can cooperate on many things.  We share interests like expanding travel and commerce and conserving our oceans, which are vital to the American and Cuban economies alike.  I am honored to be included on this historic trip and thank the President for the invitation.”

In January 2015, Whitehouse joined the first congressional delegation to travel to Cuba since the Obama Administration’s historic announcement that diplomatic relations with Cuba would be restored.  Previously, he was on the congressional delegation that opened the reconciliation process.


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