Ayotte: President's Action Strengthens Cuban Regime

Dec 17, 2014

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New Hampshire U.S Senator Kelly Ayotte says she has serious concerns about President Obama’s decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.

President Obama announced plans today to open an American embassy in Havana, along with the loosening of economic and travel restrictions, after the release of an American contractor held in captivity for five years.

Ayotte says the policy shift strengthens the Cuban regime and reduces incentives to respect the human rights of its citizens.

She also raised concerns about the administration’s decision to release three Cuban agents convicted of espionage, saying it will encourage other dictatorships to use American prisoners as leverage.