Lawmakers to go to Cuba with Obama, who mulls more trade moves

The U.S. flag flies at the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015.  REUTERS/Yander Zamora

President Barack Obama will be accompanied on his historic visit to Cuba this month by up to 20 members of Congress, and is also considering further measures to ease travel and trade restrictions around the time of the visit, U.S. sources said on Monday.

Details were being worked out, but congressional sources told Reuters the White House hoped the delegation would include Republicans as well as Obama’s fellow Democrats, to underscore bipartisan support for his moves toward normal relations with the Communist-ruled country.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, who has been one of his party’s leading proponents of easing the embargo restrictions, said there was “a good chance” he would join the trip. A spokesman for Flake later confirmed he would be going.

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