Cruz: Obama’s Policies Have Strengthened Raul Castro as the Dictator
CRUZ: "Unfortunately, the policies of the Obama administration have made that less likely. What the Obama administration has done is strengthen Raul Castro. Raul is the dictator now. You know, I asked my dad at dinner last night what do you think happens now that Fidel is dead? And he shrugged and said Raul has been in power for years. The system has gotten stronger. And what Obama has done is funneled billions of dollars to Raul Castro, which is being used to oppress dissidents. You know, in 2015 roughly 10,000 political arrests occurred in Cuba, that is five times as many as occurred in 2010 when there were only about 2,000. This tyrannical regime has gotten stronger because of a weak president, weak foreign policy. And it is very much my hope and belief that with a new president coming into office in January, President Trump, a new administration, that U.S. foreign policy — not just to Cuba, but towards our enemies, whether they are Iran or North Korea — will no longer be a policy of weakness and appeasement, but instead using U.S. strength to force and press for change. But I look for the day — you know, I’ve never been to Cuba. I’ve never been to the land where my father was born, where he grew up."