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
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