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Cheered in Havana, Obama's Cuba trip spurs skepticism among Republicans

Cheered in Havana, Obama's Cuba trip spurs skepticism among Republicans

President Barack Obama's plans for a history-making trip to Cuba drew hopeful cheers in Havana on Thursday but equally emphatic condemnation from many U.S. lawmakers and Republican presidential candidates, who accused the president of rewarding a "dictatorial regime."

Jeb Bush called the plans "appalling." Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, born in Havana, deemed Obama's March 21-22 visit "absolutely shameful." New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez — a member of Obama's party — accused him of ceding U.S. leverage to the communist nation 90 miles south of Florida.

"The president is again prioritizing short-term economic interests over...

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