Julie Pace: It’s a ‘Pretty Jarring Contrast’ with Trump Criticizing Cuba on Human Rights While Ignoring Saudi Arabia
PACE: "It’s a pretty jarring contrast. I was on that trip in Saudi Arabia and, you know, this is — this is a country that other U.S. presidents have dealt with despite their pretty grim human rights record. So it’s not as though Trump is the first person to do it. But he completely ignored the human rights violations when he was on that trip, yet we hear him talking about Cuba and saying that this is a human rights issue. You can look at this two ways. You can say that this is cynical and this is just an attempt to try to roll back something that Obama did. Or you could look at people like Marco Rubio and some of these other lawmakers who truly do believe that this is a human rights issue and have been putting a lot of pressure on this White House to take this step."