Obama’s trip to Cuba draws criticism from Sen. Menendez, some Cuban Americans

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UNION CITY, N.J. – President Obama confirms a trip to Havana, Cuba planned for late March.

It would be the first presidential visit since Calvin Coolidge 85 years ago.

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez condemned the President's plans saying, "It is totally unacceptable that the President of the United States would reward a dictator regime with a historic visit when human rights violations endure and democracy continues to be shunned."

This comes 14 months after President Obama announced new relations with the Communist country.

Last spring, the President's hand shake with Raul Castro made some Cuban Americans uneasy.

The American embassy was re-established just six months ago in Cuba.

Senator Menendez stood along side New Jersey law enforcement reminding the President of his duty to capture one of Americas most wanted fugitives: Joanne Chesimard.

"Dozens and dozens of US fugitives of justice remain harbored in Cuba and with safe haven by the regime," Menedez said. "I implore you to demand them to face justice including One of America's most wanted Joanne Chesimard, the Convicted murderer of a NJ state trooper in 1973."

Chesimard escaped from US prison and found asylum in Cuba since the 1980s.

The FBI calls her a domestic terrorist offering a million dollars for her capture.

The White House says Cuba-America policy hasn't worked. The point of this trip is to normalize relations to have influence with the Cuban government.