Barack Obama, Raul Castro

White House still living in la la land.

Washington (AFP) – The White House on Friday said Cuba’s communist government will have no say in which dissidents President Barack Obama meets during his visit to the island later this month.

“The president does intend to meet with some political dissidents inside of Cuba,” said spokesman Josh Earnest, “the guest list for that meeting will be determined solely by the White House.”

“The president will meet with whomever he chooses to meet with.”

The meeting is a difficult subject for Obama. Republicans accuse him of betraying human rights in Cuba by engaging the regime.

“Despite concession upon concession by the United States, detentions of activists have increased,” said Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio.

The White House argues that a half century of isolation has failed to make Cuba democratic, and that improving economic ties will force the regime into political reforms.

On March 21, Obama will become the first US president to visit Cuba in almost a century.

The White House hopes the trip will be a “Berlin Wall” moment, crowning a policy they see as being among Obama’s greatest foreign policy achievements.

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