[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Barack Obama has officially removed Cuba from the state sponsor terror list. The dictator leader of the communist country, Raul Castro, had said that such a move was necessary in order to normalize relations between Cuba and America. This move leaves only Iran, Syria, and Sudan on the list of nations accused by America of supporting global terrorism.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The move was hailed by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the second ranking Democrat in Congress. Durbin said, “The removal of Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list is a welcome move. While no fan of the Castro regime, I continue to believe that opening up the island to American ideas, vibrancy, and trade is the most effective way to see a more open and tolerant Cuba.”
Republican Senator Marco Rubio condemned these actions by Obama. Rubio, who is of Cuban descent and announced candidacy to seek the GOP nomination for the presidency in 2016 on Monday, was quick to post a response on social media.
Rubio posted a statement on his Facebook page and on video. He said, “Well, the decision made by the White House today is a terrible one, but not surprising unfortunately. Cuba is a state sponsor of terrorism. They harbor fugitives of American justice, including someone who killed a police officer in New Jersey over 30 years ago. It’s also the country that’s helping North Korea evade weapons sanctions by the United Nations. They should have remained on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, and I think sends a chilling message to our enemies aboard that this White House is no longer serious about calling terrorism by its proper name.”
With Cuba’s removal from the state sponsor terror list, the communist country will be able to open an embassy in D.C. and the United States will open one in Cuba.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]