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Cuban Officials Call Obama Visit 'a Deep Attack'

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016 03:49 PM

Roughly four weeks after President Barack Obama's historic visit to Cuba, members of the communist Cuban government are calling the visit "a deep attack."

"In this visit, there was a deep attack on our ideas, our history, our culture and our symbols," Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said this week.

Fox News quoted Rodriguez as saying, "Obama came here to dazzle the non-state sector, as if he wasn't the representative of big corporations but the defender of hot dog vendors, of small businesses in the United States, which he isn't."

Those remarks came just days after Cuban President Raul Castro called the United States "the enemy."

Obama's visit to Cuba was the first for a sitting U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge did so in 1928. Obama and Castro agreed in December 2014 their countries should normalize relations — they had been frosty since 1961. The countries officially restored diplomatic relations last summer.

Obama was criticized for making the trip by his critics — including former Republican presidential candidate and current Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Rubio's parents emigrated to the U.S. from Cuba and he has been an outspoken opponent of the communist nation's regime that he called "repressive."

Obama was also criticized for attending a baseball game with Castro during his visit shortly after the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

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