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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: No word on Cuba changes

The Miami Republican met today with Peter Brennan, coordinator of the office for Cuban affairs at the State Department, but said Brennan gave no indication of when -- or if -- the administration will roll out changes to its U.S.-Cuba policy.

Ros-Lehtinen, who said she was joined by Mario Diaz-Balart, said she had requested the meeting with Brennan, who is new to the post, because of worries about reports that the administration is considering easing travel restrictions to Cuba. (Word was it would happen before Congress returned to Washington this week, but it did not.)

Ros-Lehtinen said the two Miami Republicans told Brennan they're opposed to softening restrictions and believe it would only help the Cuban regime. She said Brennan, a career diplomat, has experience in several Latin American countries, but that she suggested a better model for his Cuba gig.

"North Korea is a better model," she said of Cuba.