U.S. Ambassador to the United National Nikki Haley apologized to the Cuban people on Thursday for the Obama administration’s tolerance of the Castro regime.
Haley's remarks came along with the announcement that the United States would return to a policy of opposing a U.N. resolution that condemns the U.S. embargo on Cuba.
In 2016, then President Barack Obama’s U.N. ambassador Samantha Power abstained on the U.N. resolution, voted on each year. The Obama administration's decision marked the first time the United States abstained in 25 years. Haley criticized the 2016 decision before the General Assembly on Thursday. She highlighted the "continued repression" of the Cuban people and apologized for how the previous administration downplayed their situation.
"When the United States abstained on this resolution last year, its decision was explained by saying, ‘We recognize that the future of the island lies in the hands of the Cuban people.’ There is a casual cruelty to that remark for which I am profoundly sorry," Haley said.