The Obama administration’s removal of Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism was bitterly denounced by top Republicans Friday, with House Speaker John Boehner slamming the decision as handing the communist regime “a significant political win in return for nothing.”
“The communist dictatorship has offered no assurances it will address its long record of repression and human rights abuses at home,” the Ohio lawmaker said in a statement following the State Department’s move that clears the way for normalizing diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.
“Nor has it offered any indication it will cease its support for violence throughout the region… [R]elations with the Castro regime should not be revisited, let alone normalized, until the Cuban people enjoy freedom – and not one second sooner.”
Boehner added Cuba’s removal from the terror list “is just the latest example of this administration focusing more on befriending our enemies than helping our allies.”
Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban-American and outspoken critic of the Castro government, said the administration had no justification for taking Cuba off the terror list, which now consists of just three nations: Iran, Sudan and Syria, the Washington Times reports.
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