Trump, meanwhile, managed to again defy punditry by holding his lead in the race for the Republican nomination after he made comments that would have killed another candidacy. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., steps on the stage to speak at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta.
As Secretary of State John Kerry helped raise a U.S. flag above a newly opened US embassy in Havana, Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio criticized the administration’s outreach to Cuba, with Bush saying it reflects Obama’s “strategy of accommodation and appeasement”.
He’s pledging to “roll back” what he calls Obama’s concessions to Cuba and the recently completed nuclear deal with Iran.
The long, hot trend was unavoidable over the last week as Sanders drew a total of 60,000 people to rallies in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles, and for a second week appeared to be statistically tied with Hillary Rodham Clinton in New Hampshire.
“I will invite Cuban dissidents, Iranian dissidents, Chinese dissidents and freedom fighters from around the world to be honored guests at my inauguration”, said Rubio, stating his strong support for those who oppose oppressive governments.
But Rubio, whose parents immigrated from Cuba 50-years prior, isn’t convinced.
Mr. Rubio said he would undertake a three-part plan to eviscerate the global accord with Iran that aims to limit their capacity to create nuclear weapons in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions. He would also return Cuba back to the extremely small list of state sponsors of terrorism that the State Department revoked earlier this year (along with Iran, Sudan and Syria). His foreign policy platform, as detailed Friday in his speech hosted by the Foreign Policy Initiative, was similar to those of many of his fellow Republican candidates: condemning the Iran nuclear deal and championing interventionism overseas. “It is a string of concessions to a sworn adversary of the United States“, the Florida Senator proclaimed.
He would also ensure that U.S. forces “are positioned to signal readiness” to Iran and demand that any talks about Iran’s nuclear program be contingent on Iran’s reforms for its non-nuclear behavior, such as support of terrorism and human rights abuses.
“Our work on the Intelligence Committee and the insights it has given us into Iran’s nuclear program – past and present – as well as the confidence it gives us that this agreement cuts off Iran’s access to the bomb, have been significant drivers behind our decision to support the deal”, the letter notes.
Moreover, the $100 billion to $150 billion in sanctions relief will give Iran a huge windfall to develop a more robust infrastructure for nuclear weapons production – either quickly by evading the weak inspections regime or more patiently by waiting about a decade until the world frees Iran of all restrictions. “President Obama has rewarded the Castro regime for its repressive tactics and persistent, patient opposition to American interests”, he said, attacking Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, for supporting the detente with Cuba.