SPRING BREAK

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Pres­i­dent Obama

Jr.,

In­side the Belt­way is told that

later this spring will visit Key West, Fla., where he will an­nounce the re­moval of cer­tain travel re­stric­tions to Cuba.

“He is said to be arriving here in about a month-and-ahalf, from what I’m be­ing told,” re­tired Ma­jor

U.S. Army Spe­cial Forces, says in a tele­phone in­ter­view from Key West.

“The White House is mak­ing prepa­ra­tions to an­nounce the changes with the Cuba visi­ta­tion pol­icy,” recaps Mr. Mess­ing, who’s on the board of the Na­tional De­fense Coun­cil Foun­da­tion. “Of course, the . . . com­mu­nity here is all thrilled about his visit.”

Mr. Obama promised dur­ing his 2008 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign to lift re­stric­tions on travel by Cuban-Amer­i­cans to the Com­mu­nist is­land, while ex­press­ing the de­sire to be­gin face-to-face diplo­macy with Cuban leaders.

But the then-Demo­cratic can­di­date stressed that eas­ing the travel ban did not mean end­ing the 47year-old U.S. trade em­bargo against Cuba, at least ini­tially.

Key West is the south­ern­most city in the United States, lo­cated about 80 nau­ti­cal miles from Cuba.

F. Andy Mess­ing

John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jm­c­caslin@wash­ing­ton-times.com.

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