Leader McCarthy: Cuba Has Not Changed

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Cuba Has Not Changed

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s decision to remove Cuba from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list:

 “I am disappointed in President Obama’s decision to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. Delisting the Castro regime is yet another manifestation of the Administration’s questionable policy of accommodation towards America’s adversaries. The Obama Administration’s policies towards Cuba have changed dramatically, but it’s unclear that Cuba’s repressive policies at home and destabilizing behavior abroad have changed sufficiently to merit this reward.

The President has justified his policy shift on Cuba by declaring the cold war over.  Unfortunately, that view is not shared by the regime in Havana.  Nor, for that matter, is that assessment shared in Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin. As long as Russia and Cuba persist in Cold War era behavior, it is hard to be optimistic that the Cuba ‘reset’ will be any more successful than the Russia ‘reset’ has been.

The United States should stand up for the people of Cuba, whose desires for freedom and economic opportunity will not be served by further legitimization and accommodation of the Castro regime.