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HAVANA, Cuba (CBSMiami) — The first family is heading south for a historic trip to Cuba this weekend.
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, will arrive on Sunday and begin with some sightseeing in Old Havana, as reported by The Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg.
The trip is scheduled to last three days and will include visits with community leaders, entrepreneurs and dissidents — even finding some time to watch a baseball game.
On Monday, the president will attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Jose Marti Memorial, hold talks with Cuban leader Raul Castro and drop in for a state dinner at Revolutionary Palace.
Finally on Tuesday, Obama will speak at Havana’s Gran Teatro across from Parque Central, home of the National Ballet.
The White House said members of Congress and Obama’s Cabinet will also join in on the trip.
It will mark the first time in nearly 90 years that a sitting U.S. president will visit the island. The move comes as the countries begin easing restrictions for travel and business as they try to repair the relationship.
White House official in press preview: No plans for Obama to meet with Fidel Castro in Cuba. Not sought by U.S., nor offered by Cubans.
— Carol Rosenberg (@carolrosenberg) March 16, 2016
At the White House Wednesday, the president met with prominent Cuban Americans, including music mogul Emilio Estefan and healthcare millionaire Mike Fernandez.
Businessman Carlos Saladrigas told CBS4’s Eliott Rodriguez the president was extremely receptive.
“He heard every one of us say what we wanted to say he listened attentively took notes and said that everything we said would be taken under serious consideration,” said one woman who met the president.
The president assured them he will meet with dissidents and members of Cuba’s civil society during the historic visit.