U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) bashed Barack Obama today after he shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro.
Of course, Barack Obama went out of his way to shake hands with Castro.
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U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8th Dist.), who immigrated to the United States from Cuba as a child, today slammed President Obama for shaking hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa.
“I was disappointed to view the handshake between President Obama and the Cuban dictator Raul Castro at what was a moving service to memorialize Nelson Mandela,” Sires said in a statement.
Sires is an outspoken critic of the Cuban government. When Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) — another Cuban-American — was going through a series of scandals early this year, Sires suggested that the controversy could have been dredged up by the Cuban government.
The congressman from West New York said Mandela “stood for everything that the Castro regime has taken from the Cuban people over that past 50 years; freedom, equality, and human rights.”
Related… Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-TX) walked out of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela when Cuban “President” Raúl Castro began speaking.