- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry criticized President Barack Obama’s shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba, saying it’s part of a troubling pattern of negotiating with those who hold Americans captive.

In an interview with the Austin bureau of the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, Perry said he was happy that American government contractor Alan Gross had been released after five years as a Cuban prisoner.

However, Perry said Obama’s decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba is part of a pattern of negotiating with regimes with massive human rights problems.

Perry, who has said he was considering another White House run in 2016, said he was concerned that the Obama administration was rewarding regimes that take Americans like Gross captive.

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