As he works to cement his legacy in the final year of his presidency, President Obama will crown his historic rapprochement with Cuba with a visit to the island as soon as March, the first for a sitting U.S. president in nearly 90 years, according to media reports.
Obama has made no secret about wanting to visit the communist island ever since he broke the diplomatic freeze between the two governments that had been maintained by 10 U.S. presidents.
ABC News and Reuters reported the news Wednesday night, citing unnamed sources.
According to CNN, the White House may make an official announcement on Thursday.
Obama said during an interview in December that he was interested in visiting Cuba before the end of his term, but that the “conditions have to be right.” That included a visible change in the lives, liberties and economic possibilities of Cubans following his announcement on Dec. 17, 2014, to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.