|Recently, President Obama announced that he will be planning to visit Cuba next month, a step towards officially re-establishing diplomatic relations with the Cuban government. Such a trip has not been made by a sitting U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. |
Since the President's first announcement in 2014 to thaw relations with Cuba, efforts have begun to facilitate trade and allow direct commercial flights to the island from the U.S. The Administration has also been working with the U.S. telecommunications industry to expand internet access on the island for commercial use. This past summer, Cuba officially reopened its embassy in Washington, D.C., and the United States formally reopened its embassy in Havana.
Supporters of the Obama Administration's policy towards Cuba argue that opening up relations with Cuba and eventually lifting the trade embargo (a power reserved to Congress), could improve human-rights on the island nation as well as economically benefit both countries. Opponents of Obama's decision contend that normalizing relations with Cuba – with few concessions in return -- rewards an oppressive regime guilty of multiple human-rights abuses over the last half century.
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