WASHINGTON — The Castro regime is busy trying to tamp down sky-high expectations among Cubans eager for a closer relationship with the U.S., Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told reporters after a trip to the communist-run Caribbean island.
The Democratic senator was among the first lawmakers to visit Cuba after U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced in December that the two countries would move to normalize relations.
“I think most Cubans really did feel like it was a turning of a page,” McCaskill said Monday in a conference call with reporters. “They see this opening as a way they can build on positive reforms.”
That reaction apparently has made the Cuban government a little nervous, the senator said.
“We heard some concerns by some that there were some in the Cuban government working against this in spite of the fact that Raúl Castro had made this announcement, that there were some doubters,” McCaskill said.
She said she asked Cuba’s foreign minister “point blank” over lunch: “Are there people in the government who are working against this?”