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Obama guidance, press schedule March 19, 20, 2016. Off to Cuba

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuba's President Raul Castro on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas at the ATLAPA Convention center on April 11. | Getty Images

Below, from the White House…

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 18, 2016

WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016 AND SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016

On Saturday, the President has no public events.

On Sunday, in the afternoon, the First Family will travel to Havana, Cuba. While in Cuba, the President will work to build on the progress we have made toward normalization of relations with Cuba – advancing commercial and people-to-people ties that can improve the well-being of the Cuban people, and expressing our support for human rights. The departure from the South Lawn is open press, and the arrival at Joint Base Andrews will be covered by the travel pool.

Later in the afternoon, the First Family will arrive in Havana, Cuba. The First Family’s arrival at the Jose Marti International Airport is open to pre-credentialed media.

Following the First Family’s arrival, the President and the First Lady will meet with Embassy personnel and families. There will be travel pool coverage of the President’s remarks.

Afterward, the President and First Lady will take a walking tour of Old Havana. There will be travel pool coverage of the tour.

The First Family will remain overnight in Havana, Cuba.

Saturday’s In-Town Travel Pool

Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg

Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP

TV Corr & Crew: NBC

Print: Tribune

Radio: FOX

Sunday’s In-Town Travel Pool

Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg

Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP

TV Corr & Crew: ABC

Print: USA Today

Radio: NPR

Sunday’s Out-of-Town Travel Pool

Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg

Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP

TV Corr & Crew: CBS

Print: Politico

Radio: VOA

Saturday, March 19, 2016

EDT

10:30AM In-Town Travel Pool Call Time

Sunday, March 20, 2016

EDT

12:30PM In-Town Travel Pool Call Time

1:50PM THE FIRST FAMILY departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

South Lawn

Open Press (Final Gather 1:30PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)

2:05PM THE FIRST FAMILY departs Joint Base Andrews en route Havana, Cuba

Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage (Call Time 1:00PM – Virginia Gate, Andrews Air Force Base)

4:50PM THE FIRST FAMILY arrives in Havana, Cuba

Jose Marti International Airport, Havana, Cuba

Open to Pre-Credentialed Media

5:50PM THE PRESIDENT and FIRST LADY meet with Embassy personnel and families

Melia Habana Hotel, Havana Cuba

Travel Pool Coverage of Remarks

6:40PM THE PRESIDENT and FIRST LADY take a walking tour of Old Havana

Old Havana, Havana, Cuba

Travel Pool Coverage

Schedule for the Week of March 21, 2016

On Monday, the President will participate in a wreath laying ceremony and take a tour of the Jose Marti Memorial. Later in the morning, the President will then take an official photo with President Raul Castro of Cuba and participate in an official welcoming ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution. Afterward, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President Castro. In the afternoon, the President will take part in an event focused on entrepreneurships and opportunity for the Cuban people. In the evening, the President and First Lady will attend a state dinner at the Palace of the Revolution.

On Tuesday, the President will deliver remarks to the people of Cuba at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso.Later in the morning, the President will meet with members of civil society. Following the President’s meeting, the First Family will attend a Major League Baseball exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team at the Estadio Latinoamericano. Americans and Cubans share a love of baseball, and this is yet another powerful reminder of the kinship between our peoples as well as the progress we can achieve when we leverage those natural ties. In the afternoon, the First Family will depart Havana, Cuba and travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina where they will remain overnight.

On Wednesday, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina. In the afternoon, the President will participate in a press conference with President Macri. Afterward, the President will participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral. The President will then meet with the staff of the U.S. Embassy to Argentina and hold a town hall with young people to talk about the relationship between the United States and Latin America and, more broadly, the Young Latin American Leaders initiative. In the evening, the President and First Lady will attend a state dinner hosted by President Macri.

On Thursday, the President will visit the Parque de la Memoria. In the afternoon, the First Family will depart Buenos Aires and travel to Bariloche, Argentina. The First Family will visit cultural landmarks while in Bariloche. In the evening, the First Family will depart Bariloche and return to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Later in the evening, the First Family will depart Argentina en route Washington, DC.

On Friday, the First Family will arrive in Washington, DC.

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