Sen. Bernie Sanders Traveling to Cuba

By Joe Gullo

Published 02/06 2014 04:51PM

Updated 02/06 2014 04:55PM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) departed Thursday on a congressional delegation trip to Cuba.

A press release says the delegation will discuss human rights, trade, and health care issues in Havana. They will also be traveling to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base where the U.S. has been detaining prisoners with suspected links to al Qaeda since 2002.

“We should aggressively defend ourselves against terrorism, but we must do so in a way that is consistent with our nation’s core values,” Sanders said. "The prison at Guantánamo Bay has significantly damaged the United States’ moral standing, undermined our foreign policy, and encouraged terrorism rather than effectively combated it.”

Sanders has supported President Barack Obama's effort to close the military prison.

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