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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.