Rubio: Obama’s New Cuba Policy ‘Puts a Price on Every American Abroad’ | CNS News

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

( – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says he’s glad that American “hostage” Alan Gross has been released from a Cuban prison after five years, but he opposes the process by which his release was secured — “because it puts a price on every American abroad.”

“Governments now know that if they can take an American hostage, they can get very significant concessions from the United States.”

As part of the deal to free Gross, the United States will release three Cuban spies: “They’re not just benign Cuban spies,” Rubio — the son of Cuban exiles — told Fox News on Wednesday. “These Cuban spies were involved in providing information to the Cuban government that led to the murder of U.S. citizens in the infamous shootdown of the Brothers to the Rescue aircraft back in 1996.

“These were airplanes that used to patrol the Straits of Cuba to find people on rafts and save their lives. The Cuban government shot them down over international waters and they did so largely based on information that at least one of these spies provided them. These spies will now get a hero’s welcome in Cuba.”

Rubio said he expects President Obama to press for normalized diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba when he speaks at noon on Wednesday. The president wants to engage in commerce and trade “with a dictatorship.”

“My interest in Cuba has always been the furthering of democracy and freedom,” Rubio said. “I think the people of Cuba have the right, if they are free, to choose any economic situation they want. Nothing the president is going to announce today is going to futher that goal.

“And it’s ironic, that a week after we imposed sanctions on human rights violators in Venezuela, we are lifting sanctions on the government that has taught the Venezuelans how to commit these human rights violantions. It’s absurd. And it’s part of the long record of coddling dictators and tyrants that this adminstration has established.”

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