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Obama’s Ambassador Nominee to Cuba Will Face the Republican Cuban-American Senators

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Yeah, well, he’s already been down there for awhile now rubbing elbows with the Castros…

(USA Today) – President Obama on Tuesday nominated the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than 55 years, setting up a battle with Republicans in Congress who oppose renewed relations with the communist island.

Obama picked Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who already is the chief diplomat in Havana, a job he’s held since 2014. But now that diplomatic relations have been re-established, DeLaurentis can be promoted to full ambassador. The new post requires confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate, which could produce a partisan fight.

Cuban-American Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, both Republicans, tried to limit funding for the U.S. Embassy in Havana and said they would oppose any ambassador named by Obama…

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