Speaker Ryan: Obama’s Cuba Trip ‘Legitimizes a Tyrannical Dictatorship’

By Michael W. Chapman | March 22, 2016 | 11:02am EDT

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.).


(CNSNews.com) – During a press conference today about the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said he did not think much of President Barack Obama’s trip to Communist Cuba, which, he added, only “legitimizes a tyrannical dictatorship.”

At the Capitol Hill press conference, a reporter asked Ryan, “What do you think of the president’s trip to Cuba?”

Speaker Ryan said, “Not much.  I think it’s fairly ironic. We had the AIPAC [American Israeli Political Action Committee] conference yesterday. We were talking about standing up with our allies, standing up for freedom, standing up for national security.”

“And the president takes a trip to Cuba where he effectively gets nothing in return, and he legitimizes a tyrannical dictatorship,” said Ryan. “The irony was not lost on me.”

Cuba is a Communist totalitarian state run by the dictators Fidel Castro and his brother Raul Castro. They seized power in 1959. There is only one political party in Cuba,  the Cuban Communist Party (PCC).

It is estimated that 73,000 people have died under the communist rule in Cuba since 1959.

President Obama’s trip to the totalitarian state is for three days, March 21-22. 

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