In a Dec. 17, 2014, “Statement by the President on Cuba Policy Changes, President Barack Obama said: “Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba. In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries. Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people, and begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas.” [Con Embargo]

“Statement by the President on Cuba Policy Changes,” ObamaWhiteHouse.archives.gov, Dec. 17, 2014