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WASHINGTON Chad Williams Jersey , Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- In the most sweeping change in U.S.-Cuban relations in five decades, U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday plans to normalize ties with Cuba in a move that has sparked much controversy in the United States.

"Neither the American or the Cuban people are well served by a policy that's rooted in events that took place before many of us were born," Obama said in a televised speech on Wednesday.

"We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and, instead, we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries Budda Baker Jersey ," Obama said.

The U.S. severed ties with Cuba in 1961, shortly after Cuban leader Fidel Castro launched a revolution that toppled a U.S.- friendly government. The two countries have been at loggerheads ever since, with tensions boiling over on a number of occasions, most notably the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Bay of Pigs Invasion.

Emotions are running high on the issue, with many applauding the move but many others Haason Reddick Jersey , such as Republicans and a few Democrats, slamming the decision.

Marco Rubio, a son of Cuban immigrants and incoming Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, said he will "make every effort to block this dangerous and desperate attempt by the president to burnish his legacy at the Cuban people's expense."

He slammed the decision as not only "naive" but also "willfully ignorant" in a speech on Wednesday broadcast by a number of U.S. media.

Ted Cruz, a Republican Senator whose father hails from Cuba Christian Kirk Jersey , said on Fox News that Obama's plan to normalize relations with Cuba was a "tragic mistake".

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