Kerry: No Change in U.S. Policy Toward Cuba

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
From The Hill:

The leading Cuba hawk in Congress slammed President Obama for shaking the hand of the communist island's leader during Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa on Tuesday.

“Sometimes a handshake is just a handshake,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.). “But when the leader of the free world shakes the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator like Raúl Castro it becomes a propaganda coup for the tyrant. Raúl Castro uses that hand to sign orders to oppress and jail democracy activists.”

Ros-Lehtinen made the remarks during a House Foreign Affairs panel hearing where Secretary of State John Kerry was discussing the nuclear deal with Iran. She asked Kerry to reassure her that the handshake doesn't indicate a weakening of U.S. policy vis-à-vis Cuba.

Kerry said nothing has changed.