Palazzo: Flag-raising in Cuba all about "creating legacy" for Obama

Palazzo: Flag-raising in Cuba all about "creating legacy" for Obama

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Congressman Steven Palazzo is reacting to the official reopening of the American embassy in Cuba. He said the move is more about building a legacy for President Obama than improving the lives of the Cuban people. 

"(President Obama) is all about legacy-building and creating a legacy without looking at the long-term consequences," Palazzo (R-4th Dist.) said.

Friday morning, Secretary of State John Kerry was present for the historic raising of the American flag over the U.S. embassy in Havana.

It's the first time in 54 years that the flag has flown there.

It may be historic, but Palazzo said it's also a mistake.

"This is still a communist nation, they're engaged with Iran and Russia," Palazzo said. "I feel like just with other agreements, we give everything away, we don't get anything in return."

Palazzo was in Oak Grove Friday, greeting World War Two veterans during a "Spirit of '45" awards ceremony.