- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday that President’s Obama decision to further normalize relations with Cuba by reopening embassies is “further legitimizing the brutal Castro regime.”

Responding to Obama administration’s announcement that it plans to open shuttered embassies in Washington and Havana, Mr. Bush said he opposed the move.

“The real test of the Obama administration’s rapprochement with the Castro regime in Cuba is not whether President Obama’s legacy is burnished with dubious diplomatic achievements and photo-ops, but whether improved relations between Havana and Washington advance the cause of human rights and freedom for the Cuban people,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate said. “The ongoing detention of dissidents and continued human rights abuses suggest the administration’s policy is failing this test.”

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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