White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday he "wouldn't rule out a visit" to the U.S. from Cuban President Raul Castro.
Responding to a question from CNN's Jim Acosta, Earnest said that it is a "hypothetical" possibility President Barack Obama might host Castro at the White House.
"[I] wouldn't rule out a visit from President Castro," the press secretary said, noting Obama has hosted the leaders of both Burma and China.
The news comes on the heels of Obama's announcement that he intends to normalize relations between the U.S. and communist country.
The president and Castro spoke on the phone Tuesday evening discussing the release of imprisoned American subcontractor Alan Gross.
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