Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed President Obama on Wednesday for the actions he has taken to reestablish a diplomatic relationship with Cuba.
Cruz said in a statement that Obama and his administration have all but caved to the demands of the Castro regime:
“President Obama announced today he is continuing his policy of unconditional surrender to Fidel and Raul Castro by rewarding one of the most violently anti-American regimes on the planet with an embassy and an official representative of our government.”
On Wednesday, Cruz also called the administration’s reluctance to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv, its current location, to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, a “slap in the face” after news broke that a U.S. embassy would be re-opening in Havana, the capital of Cuba.
Cruz even said that he would put a filibuster-esque hold on any Obama confirmation of an ambassador to Cuba until Obama “can demonstrate that he has made some progress in alleviating the misery” the Cuban citizens endure under the Castro regime.
According to The Hill, Sen. Marco Rubio, whose parents are both Cuban immigrants, also shared Cruz’s sentiments:
“Rubio said separately on Wednesday that he would oppose the confirmation of an ambassador to Cuba until the Obama administration tackles a handful of issues including U.S. fugitives living in Cuba and travel restrictions on U.S. diplomats.”
At least one Democratic Senator, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who often spars with the Obama administration, has been openly against a new diplomatic relationship with Cuba. He said the move sends a message that “democracy and human rights take a back seat to a legacy initiative.”