Marco Rubio on Friday blasted the reopening of the US Embassy in Cuba, saying that it is “almost like the U.S. has surrendered” to Cuba.
Rubio told Bill Hemmer on “America’s Newsroom” that “Cuba is not changing towards us and it’s not changing towards its people. So it feels totally one-sided.”
The interview began with Hemmer asking Rubio what his 85-year-old mother thought about the normalizing of relations with Cuba. Rubio stated, “for a lot of people in the historic exile community, people who grew up in the era, they had experienced the 60s and the loss of their country, their inability to go back in the case of my parents, it’s a bitter moment because nothing has changed in Cuba.”
Rubio continued, “it’s almost like the U.S. has surrendered, we’ve now agreed, fine, Castroism gets to stay. That’s the feeling. And you know if this part of a change in our policies in exchange for a change in Cuban policies, that would be one thing. But this unilateral change, we are change towards Cuba, Cuba is not changing towards us and it’s not changing towards its people. So it feels totally one-sided. It almost feels like we are accepting that the Cuban people have to live forever will have to live under a repressive government.”