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Bush Unsure About Closing US Embassy In Havana

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush says he doesn’t know if he would close the recently opened US embassy in Cuba if he were elected. The former two-term governor of Florida gave an exclusive interview Wednesday with WFSU News reporter Jim Ash.

Earlier this year, Bush was quick to condemn President Barack Obama’s  controversial executive order establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba. But Bush hesitated when asked whether he would close the embassy which opened in late July.

“I believe we need to be clear about how a better relationship with Cuba comes about and it’s by allowing, by requiring, for a change in our relationship, requiring Cuba’s dictatorship to change.”

Bush says he would quote, “be on the side of the dissidents.”

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.