Obama to visit Cuba in March

Posted at 9:25 AM, Feb 18, 2016

President Obama is headed to Cuba next month in what will be a historic visit.

Obama took to Twitter on Thursday to confirm the upcoming trip.

"Next month, I'll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people," Obama tweeted. "We still have differences with the Cuban government that I will raise directly. America will always stand for human rights around the world."

Obama's visit will mark the first time a sitting president has been to Cuba since President Calvin Coolidge traveled there in January 1928.

The United States has had a trade embargo against Cuba since October 1960, when it was enacted by President Dwight Eisenhower. During his 2016 State of the Union address, Obama urged Congress to lift the embargo, telling them, "The Cold War is over."

See the tweets President Obama used to announce his visit below.

Clint Davis is a writer for the Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.