by Melanie Hunter CNSnews:
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has decided against sending a presidential delegation to attend the memorial service of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, but instead the deputy national security adviser and the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba will attend the service.
“The president has decided not to send a presidential delegation to attend the memorial service today. I can tell you however that Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes will attend the service, as will the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba, Jeff Delaurentis,” Earnest said when asked whether the U.S. would send a delegation to Castro’s funeral.
“Those of you who have been following this story closely the last couple of years know that Mr. Rhodes has played a leading role in crafting the normalization policy that President Obama announced about two years ago. He has been the principal interlocutor with the Cuban government from the White House in crafting this policy and implementing it successfully,” Earnest noted.
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