- President Obama nominates first ambassador to Cuba in over 50 years
- Move might be unwelcomed among Republicans against Communist island
- Obama says envoy will iron out US differences with Cuban government
President Barrack Obama has nominated the U.S.’ first ambassador to Cuba in nearly six decades. Obama has picked Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who serves as the country’s top diplomat in Havana.
The move might however spark a battle in Congress where some Republicans are opposed to his dealings with the communist island.
In a statement, the president says that having an ambassador would make it easier for the U.S. to advance its interests in Cuba and convey objections over its “differences with the Cuban government.”