Rubio: Obama should rethink ‘dangerous’ Cuba trip
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is pushing President Obama to cancel his trip to Cuba, suggesting that the administration is rewarding the country’s bad behavior with a presidential visit.
“I urge you to reconsider visiting Cuba and instead insist that the Castro regime finally make some serious concessions that have so far not been prioritized in negotiations,” Rubio wrote in a letter to Obama. “A presidential visit to Cuba absent of any concessions from its government is a dangerous idea.”
Rubio’s letter comes after the White House announced that Obama will visit the island in March, marking the first presidential visit to the island since 1928.
Rubio… said that Obama’s Cuba policy has “methodically squandered” any opportunity to leverage the years-long negotiations with Cuba to require the Castro government to improve human rights and political freedoms.
“Having an American president go to Cuba simply for the sake of going there, without the United States getting anything in return, is both counterproductive and damaging to our national security interests,” he added.
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