The Obama administration has scheduled to hold diplomatic talks with Cuba later this month, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio wants the president to put them off.
Rubio sent President Barack Obama a letter Tuesday urging him to cancel any U.S.-Cuba normalization talks until Cuba makes more information available about the 53 political prisoners it was supposed to release.
"To date, no information has been provided about the political prisoners to be released -– regarding their identities, conditions or whereabouts, even on a confidential basis, to members of Congress," Rubio wrote.
"Just yesterday, your own State Department was unable to provide an explanation about the political prisoners in question. How is the United States supposed to hold the Cuban dictatorship responsible for the well-being of these political prisoners if your Administration is unable or unwilling to provide this transparency?"
The Republican senator opposes the Democratic president's rapprochement with Cuba as a whole, not just this month's talks. As he considers a presidential run, that position might put Rubio at odds with much of the country, which supports closer ties to the island. But keeping the issue at the forefront is key for Rubio's Cuban-American base in South Florida -- and stresses his interest in foreign policy, which other potential GOP candidates may lack.
Read the full letter after the jump.