Obama Makes Historic Trip to Cuba

Obama Makes Historic Trip to Cuba

Natasha Caudill, Staff Writer

Since 2014, the United States and Cuba have worked together to begin the process of formally normalizing relations between the two nations.

Cuba has been cut off from the United States through embargoes since 1959 and Obama is the first U.S. president to visit Cuba in 89 years, the last president being Calvin Coolidge. During his two day visit, Obama attended a press conference, bilateral meetings and a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team with Cuban leader Raul Castro. Obama urged both countries to move past their histories of distrust into a new light of hope. Obama reiterated the importance of combating the social injustices commuted against Cuban citizens as well as the freeing of political prisoners in Cuba. He stressed the importance of Internet access and communications and the U.S. would “continue to stand up for basic principles we believe in.”

Castro however, disagrees with Obama and denied needing help from the U.S. When asked about political prisoners in Cuba, Castro asked for a list of them instead. While the two leaders ultimately disagreed on most issues, they did find common ground on the issue of the economic embargoes. Obama could not say when it would be lifted, but promised it would happen.

 

The visit has caused both excitement and disapproval by U.S. citizens, however the United States vows to uphold its Democratic standards.