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Blunt turns thumbs down on Cuba outreach

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., told reporters Wednesday he opposes normalization of relations with Cuba.

President Barack Obama announced new diplomatic ties with Cuba Wednesday morning.

“I do oppose that,” Blunt said in a conference call. “I don’t think you can effectively do that as long as the Castro brothers are in charge of Cuba.

“I think beginning to send more money and other things that will be a logical part of any restoration to Cuba is not helpful for the long-term,” he said.

Blunt said he didn’t know if there would be specific votes in the new Congress addressing the Cuba decision.

But he called Obama’s foreign policy decisions poor, and said the Cuba outreach was yet another example of that.