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Thu Mar 31, 2016, 03:27 AM

Poll Shows Support for Obama's Decision to Stay in Cuba After Brussels Attack

Source: Roll Call

Poll Shows Support for Obama's Decision to Stay in Cuba After Brussels Attack

But the Economist/YouGov survey results question his attending a baseball game

Posted at Mar 30, 2016 4:01 PM
Eric Garcia
@Eric Garcia

Many Republicans criticized President Barack Obama for not cutting short his trip to Cuba in the aftermath of the Brussels terror attack. But a plurality of those Americans queried in one poll disagreed, although a similar number thought he should have skipped a ball game he attended while on the historic visit.

More than 30 people were killed and hundreds were hurt in twin attacks on a subway station and the main airport on March 22. The Islamic State claimed responsibility. The coordinated strike in the heart of Europe renewed terror concerns in major U.S. cities as government buildings, transportation hubs and landmarks tightened security.

A number of Republicans, including presidential candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich, thought Obama should've returned to the United States from Havana to address the security situation. The president sought to dramatically advance a thaw in relations with Cuba by becoming the first U.S. chief executive in nearly a century to visit the Caribbean nation, which has been a Communist state for more than half that time.

The president's activities included a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team. Baseball has been an area of common ground between the two countries over the years, and the game carried more significance than an ordinary sporting or cultural event would on such an itinerary.

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