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Rubio: Obama Admin Ignoring U.S. Law on Cuba Embargo, Giving More Concessions to Castro Regime at U.N.

Oct 26, 2016 | Press Releases

Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s decision to abstain from today’s United Nations General Assembly‎ vote condemning America’s embargo against Cuba: 

“The U.S. embargo against Cuba is codified in U.S. law and serves the dual purpose of denying the Castro regime money to fund its repression and giving us leverage to obtain concessions that lead to true and lasting freedom for the Cuban people. Two years of the Obama Administration’s Cuba policy have proven this president puts his legacy ahead of the Cuban people’s God-given rights, and he believes in squandering leverage in negotiations with the Castros, not in using it.

“It’s no surprise the United Nations would endorse economic concessions to the Castro regime. But it is shameful for the Obama Administration to refuse to abide by existing U.S. law and to dismiss the will of the American people, as expressed through their elected representatives of Congress, in an international forum that often gives voice and legitimacy to America’s adversaries. It is also outrageous that the Obama Administration pressured America’s allies – who in the past have resisted international pressure to abandon the U.S. position on this issue – to now change their position.”