President Barack Obama will not be meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week when the Israeli leader comes to Washington. Neither will Secretary of State John Kerry. And though Netanyahu will deliver an address to a joint session of Congress (thanks to an invitation from Republican John Boehner), he will not be getting a photo op from the Democratic administration at either the White House or State Department.
Unlike a Cuban diplomat, who will be getting a State Department photo-op later this morning.
"U.S.-Cuba Talks - Camera Spray with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere, Roberta Jacobson and Cuban Foreign Ministry’s Director General for U.S. Affairs, Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, at the Department of State," the State Department announced in an email.
Vidal Ferreiro has taken public shots at President Obama, as the Miami Herald recently reported:
Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, who will head the Cuban delegation in this week's talks to begin normalization of diplomatic ties with the United States, is described as well prepared, intelligent and a keen observer of U.S. policy — and she is a woman who doesn't mince words.
In February 2013 after President Barack Obama said in an interview with Telemundo that it was time for Cuba to “join the 21st century,” the senior Cuban official shot back: “It's unfortunate that President Obama continues to be poorly advised and ill-informed about the Cuban reality, as well as the sentiments of his own people who desire normalization of our relationship.”