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Sen. Mitch McConnell calls President Obama's visit to Cuba 'an embarrassment'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- President Obama wrapped up his historic visit to Cuba today with calls for greater democracy, but here at home, faces harsh criticism.

The President spoke directly to Cubans today on state TV. Cuban President Raul Castro was in the audience.

President Obama is keeping up his push to lift the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.

"It is an outdated burden on the Cuban people -- a burden on Americans who want to work or invest here in Cuba," the President said. "It's time to lift the embargo. I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas." 

But in Louisville today, Kentucky U-S Senator Mitch McConnell called the entire trip "an embarrassment."

"For the President to go down there and act like this is a normal regime has been embarrassing," U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said. "But I know he has the view that interacting with Cuba is going to improve things, and I hope he's right."

President Obama heads to Argentina next, but attended an exhibition baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team.

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