Obama names career diplomat as US ambassador to Cuba 1

Jeffrey DeLaurentis WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has tapped a career diplomat to be the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years.

The White House announced Tuesday that Obama plans to nominate Jeffrey DeLaurentis to the post. DeLaurentis currently is the top diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

Senate confirmation is required but could be tough to win before Obama’s term ends in January. Some Republican senators who oppose Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba have promised to block any ambassador nomination.

Obama says DeLaurentis’ leadership was vital throughout the normalization process. He says nominating an ambassador is a “common-sense” step toward more normal and productive relations between the two countries.

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  1. United States as a nation is spending too much time in trying to open relations with a dictator. At the end of the day the corrupt Castro family will do business with whoever they consider weak and gullible. The Castro family want to remain in power and they will lied and will do anything to get dollars to keep them in power. We are not talking to amateurs here. We are talking about a crime family that brought the world to the brink of disaster in 1962. If we send this ambassador to Cuba our president should make sure this guy is strong enough to make the difference in front of the Castro brothers. If he doesn’t He is going to be just another idiot manipulated by the communists.The Castro regime doesn’t need any recognition much less appeasement what they need is to be removed from power. The way the world is developing today and the way the Soviets (Russians) the same thing are developing their military today is a matter of concern. Our country does not need a Russian base or Chinese there.Cuba due to its geographical situation is a threat to our country. Our government should appoint an ambassador that is very strong. Castro will befriend the Russians and the Chinese and He is going to let them have control of the island. he is going down and he knows it. At this time he does n’t have anything to lose. The US Needs a strong ambassador there. One more thing,not every Cuban that comes from there is our friend. Nice topic!

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