A statement issued by the White House noted that “significant regulatory changes” have been announced by the Departments of the Treasury and Commerce to “make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba, expand access to U.S. financial institutions and the U.S. dollar from Cuba, and expand the ability for Cubans living in the U.S. to earn a salary.”

In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic published in the magazine’s April issue, (in a section headed “How France and Great Britain contributed to the mess in Libya”) President Obama criticized U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron for being too distracted to prevent Libya from becoming “a mess.”

On March 7, at least 150 people were killed in an airstrike conducted by the U.S. armed forces in Somalia. The evidence of the victims' threat to the United States has not been produced.

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 1, Air Force General Philip Breedlove said that the security situation in Europe has grown “more serious and more complicated” over the past months.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Cuba on March 21 and 22, notes a February 18 White House press release. During the visit, the statement continues, the president "will work to build on the progress we have made toward normalization of relations with Cuba."