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Secretary of State Nominee Tillerson Critical of US Approach to Cuba

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    Rex Tillerson, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee January 11, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

    President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, criticized the United States' normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba saying the communist island has not made enough concessions.

    Appearing at a Senate confirmation hearing, Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil, said Cuba's leaders haven't done enough on human rights for their citizens.

    "We did not hold them accountable for their behavior, and their leaders received much, while their people received little," he said. "That did not help Cubans or Americans."

    Tillerson did not specify whether he wants to reverse executive actions taken by President Obama to ease the trade embargo Washington imposed on Cuba in 1961. Obama has taken several administrative steps since the two governments resumed diplomatic relations in 2015, but only Congress can overturn the embargo.

    During his election campaign Trump raised the possibility of reopening negotiations with Cuba to seek concessions from Havana.

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