Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz panned the Obama administration’s decision to open up relations with the communist Caribbean nation of Cuba, saying the move will be regarded as “a tragic mistake” by future generations.
A Cuban-American whose father fled the brutal Castro regime after it took power in the late 1950s, Cruz seemed disgusted by the thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba.
“This is yet another manifestation of the failures of the Obama-Clinton-Kerry foreign policy,” the senator said on Fox News Wednesday. “This announcement today will be remembered as a tragic mistake.”
Cruz said Cuba had been “struggling, it was gasping for air” economically, relying on a weak Venezuelan government to help prop them up. “Just like the administration did with Iran, right when the administration was feeling the maximum pain it throws them an economic lifeline and continues the brutal repression and dictatorship of the Castro brothers,” the senator said.
The senator explained how Cuba acted as an American enemy throughout history, and that the Obama administration was now trying to “blame America” for the toxic relationship.
“The Castros are the ones who have decided to be brutal, repressive dictators,” Cruz said. “And we should not be taking blame for the fact that we responded to their active acts of war and hostility.”