US Secretary of States John Kerry cancels trip to Cuba over human rights concerns
Secretary of State John Kerry won't head to Havana ahead of President Obama's trip to Cuba later this month.
The State Department began preparing for Kerry's trip Friday after he told lawmakers he planned to go during the first weeks of march for a human-rights conversation, but the U.S. and Cuba couldn't decide on an agenda.
According to a different U.S. official, the American Embassy's small staff was overwhelmed by preparations for both Kerry and Obama's trip. Kerry's decision to cancel the trip — which would have been his second — made in part to ease the burden on the staff.