Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPompeo: 'We've not been successful' in changing US-Russia relations Michael Moore ties Obama to Trump's win in Michigan in 2016 The Memo: Could Kavanaugh furor spark another ‘year of the woman’? MORE on Wednesday backed President Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba. 


"I support President Obama’s decision to change course on Cuba policy, while keeping the focus on our principal objective — supporting the aspirations of the Cuban people for freedom," Clinton said in a statement Wednesday night. 

The statement comes after a day in which Republican presidential hopefuls, and possible rivals to Clinton in a general election, bashed Obama's decision to ease economic and travel restrictions.

American aid worker Alan Gross was also released after five years of Cuban imprisonment in the culmination of more than a year in negotiations between the two countries. 

"It is great news that Alan is finally home with his family, where he belongs," Clinton said. "As Secretary of State, I pushed for his release, stayed in touch with Alan’s wife Judy and their daughters, and called for a new direction in Cuba.  Despite good intentions, our decades-long policy of isolation has only strengthened the Castro regime's grip on power."

Clinton was already known to be in favor of some changes on Cuba policy. In her memoir Hard Choices, released last summer, the former secretary of State wrote that she recommended Obama “take another look at our embargo” toward the end of her tenure.

Clinton emphasized in the statement that there is more work to be done, but the current policy was not working. 

"As I have said, the best way to bring change to Cuba is to expose its people to the values, information, and material comforts of the outside world," Clinton said. "The goal of increased U.S. engagement in the days and years ahead should be to encourage real and lasting reforms for the Cuban people. And the other nations of the Americas should join us in this effort."