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Obama Gets Pushback From Cuban Dissidents. Here's How He Responded.

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“You want to be respectful and understand the gravity of the situation, but ..."

President Barack Obama takes part in a Civil Society Roundtable discussion at the US embassy in Havana on March 22, 2016. President Barack Obama said that Cubans should be free to speak without fear, should not be detained for their thoughts and should embrace democracy, in a speech televised across the Communist-run island Tuesday. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

During his final day in Cuba, President Barack Obama met with 13 Cuban dissidents who actively oppose the nation's communist government — some of whom also opposed the United States normalizing relations with the Castro regime.

The meeting was not open to the public or press other than a short pool spray, but Obama recalled the conversation during an ESPN interview while he attended a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team.

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