Tags: rubio | guantanamo | bay | visit

Sen. Rubio Visits Guantanamo Bay

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 09:56 PM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is spending the day at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay. The trip marks the first time Rubio has been in Cuba, a country his parents left in 1956.

In a press conference upon his return to Miami, Rubio deflected many questions about the vice presidency.

“I’m a member of the Intelligence Committee. There’s a lot of places I still need to visit and get up to speed,” he said, according to The Hill.  “I’ve only been in the Senate for a year and a half, and there’s a lot of things I still need to do in order to be up to speed with some of my colleagues that I serve with.”

Rubio said the trip was first planned for last August but was postponed when his mother became ill.

Guantánamo base is the site of the military trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks. The military tribunal judging Mohammed will hold its next hearing in June.

I think it’s important for us not to forget who’s detained in Guantánamo,” Rubio said. “These are enemies of the United States who have been actively engaged in attacks against the homeland and abroad, many of whom are directly responsible for the death and suffering of thousands of Americans.”

Rubio’s parents fled Cuba in 1956 in the years just before Fidel Castro took full control of the country. Of course, he did not get to visit Cuban territory beyond the U.S. naval base, and said he had little time to reflect on the island that his parents left.

“Certainly it was touching to be able to fly over the island from a distance and see it and know that it’s the land that saw your parents and your grandparents born,” Rubio said. “And it’s a place I hope to visit one day soon — a free Cuba, one where the people of Cuba can choose their own leaders and choose their own future.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Harry Reid Pleads to Democrat Supporters: 'I'm Begging You'

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 22:25 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid begged Democratic voters on Friday to help the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee re . . .

John Kerry Officially Apologizes to Israel's Netanyahu

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 21:48 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry phoned Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Friday to apologize for the crude commen . . .

Mexico Judge Orders Release of Marine

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 20:34 PM

A Mexican judge has ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved