Jeffrey DeLaurentis

Obama names career diplomat as US ambassador to Cuba

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Charge d'Affaires to the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, speaks in Atlanta. President Barack Obama has tapped a career diplomat to be the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years. The White House announced Sept. 27, that Obama plans to nominate DeLaurentis to the post. DeLaurentis currently is the top diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. Senate confirmation is required but could be tough to win before Obama’s term ends in January. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced career diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis as his choice to become the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than a half-century, a move that sets up a possible fight with congressional critics of Obama’s overtures to the communist island nation.

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