Menendez Slams Obama Over Possible Diplomatic Normalization With Cuba

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It looks like there is a push to end the 50 year embargo against the island nation of Cuba and to normalize diplomatic relations, and that President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro are on board.

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is of Cuban ancestry and has long opposed such a move, and he vehemently opposes the decision to start talks with Cuba.

“Let’s be clear, this was not a ‘humanitarian’ act by the Castro regime. It was a swap of convicted spies for an innocent American,” Menendez said in a statement. “President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.”

He added: “Trading Mr. Gross for three convicted criminals sets an extremely dangerous precedent. It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips. … This asymmetrical trade will invite further belligerence toward Cuba’s opposition movement and the hardening of the government’s dictatorial hold on its people.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), an ally of Menendez on this in the past. is also unsupportive.

“This is going to do absolutely nothing to further human rights and democracy in Cuba. But it potentially goes a long way in providing the economic lift that the Castro regime needs to become permanent fixtures in Cuba for generations to come.”

It’ll be interesting to see what Senator Cory Booker has to say on the issue, and if it’ll cause a rift in the delegation.

Comments (9)

  1. 12mileseastofTrenton

    What a surprise.

  2. chujb

    3 Cuban spies for 1 innocent American.  When will they learn to await the facts?

  3. marshwren

    Sen. Bob that he no longer represents one CD with a large Cuban-American vote, but an entire state where, one imagines, Obama’s initiatives will be quite well received.  Over the next week or two, when the poll results start trickling in, this will prove rather, if not surprisingly, popular nationally (adjusted for regional differences, of course).  I’ll even venture that among Cuban-Americans themselves, this will be more popular than not.

    Of our two senators, i’d have to say Booker won the week by flipping the bird to the elite, Wall St/Big Bank investors in his political career on the US Treasury’s Christmas gift to Citibank last week, while Menendez chose to lead the Bay of Pigs Brigade by following behind them.  Both “stood up” to Obama; but only one did the right thing.

  4. Bob h

    is really wrong on this.

  5. Jay Lassiter

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