WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Bob Menendez says he told you so. The New Jersey Democrat is praising the Trump administration's decision to withdraw diplomatic staff from the U.S. embassy in Havana, after the Cuban government failed to ensure it could protect them.
Menendez is the son of Cuban immigrants. He says that "Cuba remains as repressive today as ever" and the U.S. shouldn't let Havana's "disregard for basic human security" affect Americans serving abroad.
Menendez has been a leading voice against efforts to improve relations with Cuba. He praised President Donald Trump's rollback of President Barack Obama's plan to re-establish diplomatic relations.
The senator says the U.S. should never have been in a position where it had to trust Cuba's "authoritarian and deceitful regime."