Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, has issued the following statement in response to President Obama–s announcement that Cuba has been removed from the administration–s list of state sponsors of terrorism:

"The removal of Cuba from the list of state-sponsors of terrorism is a boon to the Castro dictatorship and is in keeping with the President's 'dancing with dictators' approach to foreign affairs.  Not only has Cuba sponsored terrorist activity around the globe, the Cuban government continues to harbor Joanne Chesimard, who is on the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists.  This decision was based on ideology, not facts.  Since the Cuban regime has not changed, Congress needs to ensure that all sanctions related to the terror designation remain in place."