President Obama has made it easier to travel to Cuba — and Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) isn’t happy about it. From ABC News:
President Obama directed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to:
- ease travel to Cuba for religious groups and students;
- allows more remittances – up to $2,000 a year — to flow to non-Communists in Cuba; and
- allow all US international airports to offer charter flights.
Currently only airports in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami offer such charter flights.
Rubio said in a statement that it was “unthinkable that the administration would enable the enrichment of a Cuban regime that routinely violates the basic human rights and dignity of its people.”
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also slammed the move. “These changes undermine U.S. foreign policy and security objectives and will bring economic benefits to the Cuban regime,” she said in a statement.