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Rubio: Obama’s moves on Cuba are ‘one-sided concessions’

Feb 12, 2016 | News

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says President Obama’s decision to loosen travel and trade restrictions with Cuba will only embolden the Castro government.
“The Obama administration’s one-sided concessions to Cuba further empower the regime and enable it with an economic windfall,” Rubio said Tuesday.
“These regulations are more proof that the Obama administration’s intent has never been to empower the Cuban people but rather to empower the Cuban government’s monopolies and state-run enterprises.”
The Cuban-American senator’s comments come after the Obama administration announced regulatory changes to increase authorized travel to Cuba and improve trade with the island nation.

Rubio added Tuesday that America’s Cuba policy should be focused on U.S. national security interests, as well as expanding political freedom and human rights for Cubans.
“None of [these] are advanced through Obama’s latest concessions,” he said.

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