After nearly 60 years of not having normal diplomatic relationships, President Barack Obama is set to nominate America’s ambassador to Cuba.
His selection, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, has been on a chief mission in Havana, that capital of Cuba since 2014. Obama called the nomination, “a common sense step forward toward a more normal and productive relationship between our two countries.”
Despite the nomination, it appears unlikely for Obama’s appointee to be confirmed before the next Senate is elected and goes into session. Some in the Senate, most notably Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, have adamently opposed the appointment of anybody into this position.
This opposition stems from their disapproval of the President’s actions to end the Cuban trade embargo. Rubio issued a statement Tuesday saying Obama has, “failed the Cuban people” adding, “this nomination should go nowhere.”
However, there have also been many to come to the support of the nomination. For example Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ) who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Congressman Tom Udall (D-NM).
The last time there was an official Ambassador from the United States to Cuba was back in October of 1960, prior to the time when President Kennedy enacted the Cuban Trade Embargo.
(h/t NBC News)