President Obama is preparing to visit Cuba

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Embassies have reopened in Washington and Havana after 54 years and the American administration has published a series of rule changes to allow U.S. businesses to export products to Cuban entrepreneurs. Since August 2015 high level U.S. officials have traveled to the island, including Secretary of State John Kerry and transportation chief Anthony Foxx. Travel purely for tourism won’t be allowed until the U.S. Congress lifts a longstanding embargo, which also restricts most trade with Cuba. White House officials said Cuba would need to demonstrate human rights reforms before the President would travel there. Some lawmakers, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, whose father emigrated from Cuba, criticized the prospect of a presidential visit affirming that the Cuban government is “an anti-American communist dictatorship.”

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