Fw: Travel pool report - Obama/Castro handshake

From: Lee, Carol
Sent: Monday, March 21, 2016 11:12 AM
To: Barnes, Desiree N. EOP/WHO; Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO
Subject: Travel pool report - Obama/Castro handshake

Havana, Cuba
March 21, 2016

President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands inside the Palace of the Revolution. Mr. Obama entered a room inside the palace shortly before 11am. Mr. Castro entered from a door on the opposite side of the room. It was the first time they've seen each other since Mr. Obama arrived in Havana Sunday afternoon.

They shook hands and exchanged pleasantries through an interpreter. Mr. Obama told Mr. Castro about his time so far in Havana. "We had a great tour yesterday," Mr. Obama said. "Enjoyed it."

"And we had a great dinner," he added.

Will send pics shortly.

Mr. Obama is wearing a navy blue suit and blue striped tie. Mr. Castro is wearing a gray suit and tie

Outside the room the US and Cuban delegations had lined up. As well as the troops and band for the troop review and formal arrival ceremony.

The US and Cuban delegations started to arrive at 10:45am to get into position. They included John Kerry, Ben Rhodes, Susan Rice, Josh Earnest, Cuba's Vice President, ambassador to the US, Josefina Vidal and others.

Handing over to travel pool for he troop review pool report.

Carol Lee
The Wall Street Journal

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