First Take: Obama's Cuba experiment

March 22, 2016 11:48 PM

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HAVANA — To quote one of his fiercest Cuban-American critics, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, President Obama knew exactly what he was doing.

The White House had negotiated for weeks with the Cuban government to allow a press conference following his meeting with Cuban President Raúl Castro in Havana on Monday. Such question-and-answer sessions are routine for Obama after meetings with foreign leaders, less so in communist Cuba.

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