Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To Secretary Of State Pompeo’s Announcement That State Department Is Redesignating Cuba As A State Sponsor Of Terrorism

“This blatantly politicized designation makes a mockery of what had been a credible, objective measure of a foreign government’s active support for terrorism.  Nothing remotely like that exists here.  In fact, domestic terrorism in the United States poses a far greater threat to Americans than Cuba does.  Secretary Pompeo has self-righteously defended Donald Trump’s worst foreign policy failures, and on his way out the door he seems intent on making things as difficult as possible for his successor.  Of course we have differences with the Cubans over fugitives from justice, as we do with many governments.  But the Secretary of State has done nothing constructive to address that problem for four years, and this will only make it harder to solve.” 

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