- The Washington Times - Monday, July 20, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says that history will remember July 20, 2015, as “Obama’s Capitulation Monday” with the United Nations Security Council vote on the Iran nuclear deal and the opening of embassies in Washington and Havana as part of the U.S.’s re-establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba.

“History will remember July 20, 2015, as Obama’s Capitulation Monday, the day two sworn enemies of the United States were able to outmaneuver President Obama to secure historic concessions,” Mr. Rubio said in a statement. “Monday’s events at the U.N., Washington and Havana leave no doubt that we have entered the most dangerous phase of the Obama presidency in which the president is flat-out abandoning America’s vital national security interests to cozy up to the world’s most reprehensible regimes.”

Mr. Rubio, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, called the nuclear deal with Iran “a dangerous and destabilizing failure” and called Mr. Obama’s concessions to the “Castro regime” in Cuba “deeply troubling.”

Cuba is not just some small island with old cars; it is a country controlled by a despotic regime that provides a safe haven and base of forward operations to Russia and China in our own hemisphere. It harbors terrorists and fugitives from justice who have killed American citizens and brutalizes peaceful pro-democracy activists. I reiterate my promise to block the confirmation of any ambassador to this despicable regime,” Mr. Rubio said.

“July 20 will be a powerfully symbolic day for the Obama-Clinton foreign policy legacy, which will be remembered as a dark time in American history when the mullahs in Iran and the thugs in Havana celebrated at America’s expense,” he said.

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