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Former Reagan Official: 'Really Distasteful' Obama Welcomed Castro's Criticism

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By    |   Monday, 21 Mar 2016 04:46 PM

Former Reagan administration official K.T. McFarland was among conservatives critical of President Barack Obama's Monday press conference in which he said he accepted criticism from Cuban President Raul Castro.

"President Castro has also addressed what he views as shortcomings in the United States around basic needs for people in poverty and inequality and race relations and we welcome that constructive dialogue as well," Obama said. "I actually welcome President Castro commenting on some of the areas where he feels where we're falling short because I think we should not be immune or afraid of criticism or discussion as well.

"I find if really distasteful where the president of the United States is welcoming the criticism of a country like that," McFarland said on Fox News Channel's "The Real Story."

Obama "listed all the goodies we're giving them: trade, tourism, Internet access, education, scientific exchanges — we're going to pay for that," McFarland said.

Obama's plans to open up economic activity in the communist country, and although he's taking action through executive orders without the help of a Republican Congress, it will be hard for a future president to undo any deals with American businesses, McFarland said.

"That train's left the station," she said. "He is already going to have contracts with American companies … tour ships going to go in. It's going to be very difficult for Congress to then undo this, rip it up, tear it up or do something otherwise."

Devry Boughner Vorwerk, chair of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, agreed, but was happier about the prospect.

"It won't be undone because over 70 percent of the American public is in support of this," Vorwerk told CNN. "Contrary to what people are hearing, the negative narrative, that's actually a side narrative. He's mentioned he's brought bipartisan congressional members with him."

Most senators are actually supportive of ending the 50-year-old embargo, she said.

"We do have a lot to learn from each other as societies," Vorwerk added. "When you were talking about equality, equal pay for women, which I'm supportive of, and access to education and health care. What he's saying is we can learn from each other."

Daily Beast columnist Michael C. Moynihan was unimpressed with Castro's claim of equal pay for the sexes.



Others, including National Review editor Rich Lowry and the Rev. Franklin Graham shared a few criticisms of Cuba as well.



Then there was that awkward raising of Obama's arm by Castro that got tweeted not only by conservatives, but mainstream media outlets including CNN and CNBC.


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