By Julian Pecquet - 12/10/13 02:33 PM EST
The leading Cuba hawk in Congress slammed President Obama for shaking the hand of the communist island's leader during Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa on Tuesday.
“Sometimes a handshake is just a handshake,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.). “But when the leader of the free world shakes the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator like Raúl Castro it becomes a propaganda coup for the tyrant. Raúl Castro uses that hand to sign orders to oppress and jail democracy activists.”
Kerry said nothing has changed.
“Today is about honoring Nelson Mandela,” he said. Obama “didn't choose who's there — they're there to honor Nelson Mandela.”
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