President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive for a historic visit in Cuba Sunday afternoon. When Obama touches down in Havana, along with his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia, it will mark the first visit by a sitting American president in 88 years.
“While in Cuba, the President will work to build on the progress we have made toward normalization of relations with Cuba – advancing commercial and people-to-people ties that can improve the well-being of the Cuban people and expressing our support for human rights,” said a statement from the White House Press Secretary’s office.
Obama will kick off his trip with a meet-and-greet at the U.S. embassy, followed by a family sightseeing tour in Old Havana that will include a stop at the Cathedral de San Cristobal de la Habana Sunday evening. Obama is scheduled to meet with Cardinal Ortega of the Catholic Church, with the White House describing the Church as playing an “integral role” in helping to reopen relations.