Statement on Obama’s Failure to Defend U.S. Law at United Nations #Cuba

Today, the Obama Administration has chosen to abstain from a resolution presented by the Cuban dictatorship at the United Nations General Assembly condemning the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996 (“Libertad Act”), which codified the embargo into U.S. law.

Regardless of the Obama Administration’s views on sanctions towards Cuba, the Libertad Act was passed by the United States Congress pursuant to Article I of the Constitution of the United States. It is the law of the land.

This unprecedented failure by President Obama to defend U.S. law at the United Nations General Assembly marks perhaps the most egregious breach of his Constitutional responsibilities and oath of office.

We call on both presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, to condemn this affront on the rule of law.