Rubio: If Cuba sues US in Miami court, they'll lose
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Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioAlabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs daylight savings bill Study: Early unemployment cutoff would cost 16M people 0B The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting MORE mocked Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE at the Republican presidential debate on Thursday night after the businessman suggested that Cuba would try to "sue" the U.S. after striking an unfavorable diplomatic accord.
 
Trump was arguing that the U.S. doesn't have officials "who have a clue" how to negotiate with the isolated island nation that President Obama will visit later this month.
 
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"As an example, I heard recently where the threat was made that they want reparations for years of abuse by the United States and nobody's talking about it, and they'll end up signing a deal and then we'll get sued for $400 billion or a $1 trillion," Trump stated during the debate.

"All that stuff has to be agreed to now. We don't want to get sued after the deal is made," he said.
 
Rubio, a Cuban-American, quickly responded to Trump's remarks.
 
“I don’t know where Cuba is going to sue us, but if they sue us in a court in Miami, they’re going to lose,” Rubio said to laughs and thunderous applause in the debate hall in Miami.
 
The Florida senator is hoping to win his home state primary next Tuesday, in part by appealing to Cuban-Americans who have opposed the increasing U.S. dialogue with the Communist government.
 
Pressed for his position on the Obama administration's strategy to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba, Trump said "something should take place" after 50 years of frostiness, including closing the newly opened U.S. embassy in Cuba.

"I would want to make a good deal. I would want to make a strong, solid good deal, because right now everything is in Cuba's favor," Trump argued.
 
Rubio said that the U.S. Embassy should simply revert to being called a U.S. Consulate since it's the same building, and argued there should be a push for freedom of elections and the press before having diplomatic relations.
 
Fellow candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Seth Rogen says he's not in a feud with 'fascist' Ted Cruz, whose 'words caused people to die' GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump MORE compared the Cuba negotiations to the international nuclear deal with Iran, which he similarly opposes, before accusing Trump of simply agreeing with the Obama administration's general strategy.