Congressman Scott Garrett

Representing the 5th District of New Jersey

Garrett Statement on Obama’s Speech in Cuba not Including Extradition of Cop-Killer Chesimard or Terrorist Morales

Mar 21, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) issued the following statement after President Obama ignored Cuba’s refusal to extradite convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard and terrorist William Morales during his remarks in Cuba today:

“During President Obama’s speech in Havana with Cuban President Castro this afternoon he talked about a Rolling Stones concert, a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game, and urged Congress to lift the trade embargo against the tyrannical regime. The president did not, however, mention a single word about the extradition of convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard or terrorist William Morales.  These cowardly criminals must face justice here in the United States for their crimes before Congress has any debates about lifting the trade embargo, and the president’s failure to make this a priority in negotiations between our countries is truly upsetting to those seeking justice.”


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