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Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today issued the following statement in response to Secretary of State John Kerry cancelling his trip to Cuba. Kerry had tentative plans to visit the communist-ruled nation ahead of President Obama, but cancelled amid concerns over the Cuban government’s human rights record:
 
“President Obama’s Cuba policy has been an absolute failure. Despite concession upon concession by the United States, detentions of activists have increased and expanded travel and trade has only strengthened the Castro regime’s grip on power. The cancellation of Secretary Kerry’s trip to Havana is just the latest incident in a series of signs that the U.S. should change its course.
 
“I am heartened that the administration is even trying to raise issues related to human rights, but the President of the United States, as the leader of the free world, should never have to negotiate the right to meet freedom fighters or raise issues of concern when traveling abroad.
 
“I again call on the President to cancel his trip planned for later this month. The Castro regime is not worthy of the honor of a visit by an American president and the Cuban people deserve better than a continuation of a failed policy that only empowers their oppressors.”