Senators Rubio and Menendez Say U.S. Embargo on Cuba is Not the Cause of Suffering, The Regime Is

U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) oppose the idea put out by some progressives that the U.S. embargo is causing the suffering of the Cuban people, but say instead it is Cuba’s communist regime. Both Menendez and Rubio are Cuban-Americans whose families have lived under the oppressive Cuban regime and say those who think the U.S. sanctions are the cause of the widespread protests, don’t understand the way the oppressive communist regime in Cuba operates. Rubio spoke from the Senate floor on July 20, where he contended that people who called the U.S. embargo against Cuba cruel either “don’t know what they’re talking about … or they’re liars.” “There is only one blockade in Cuba, and it is the blockade that this regime has imposed on its people,” Rubio said. “In fact, Cuba frankly does not have an embargo—in the way people think—Cuba trades with the whole …

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