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Bush, Rubio criticize Obama's trip to Cuba



Florida Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush criticized President Obama's planned trip to Cuba.

Bush called it a "tragedy," adding, "When you have a different view than the Castro regime, you're put in prison. It breaks my heart." Bush said he hoped Cuba would be free one day and that's the time to visit.

Rubio sent Obama a letter on Thursday askng him to reconsider the visit.

"Your determination to visit the communist state of Cuba on March 21st and 22nd, regardless of the disastrous consequences, is a mistake,” Rubio said. “I strongly urge you to reconsider visiting Cuba in the absence of the government undertaking meaningful reforms including: reforming their oppressive political system, reigning in a police state that orchestrated over 8,600 political arrests in 2015, freeing all political prisoners, resolving the billions of dollars in outstanding property claims and court judgments against the Castro regime, and returning fugitives from U.S. justice."

[Last modified: Thursday, February 18, 2016 1:58pm]


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