The president seeks to balance security and economic interests with human rights concerns on Africa trip.
The president was asked if he would revoke the comedian’s Medal of Freedom.
He said he would make his first visit to that nation “sometime in the future.“
The president will welcome the head of the Vietnamese Communist Party at the White House on Tuesday.
The trip marks the first-ever visit by Vietnam’s communist leader to White House.
The president announced plans for the countries to reopen embassies in their respective capitals this month.
The president formally announces plans to reopen embassies in each capital later this month.
The president hopes new-found bipartisan spirit in Washington can go beyond trade to other priorities.
“Sometimes there are days like this when that slow and steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt,” Obama said.
Advisers from early in Obama’s tenure recall the work involved with several key initiatives.