Among the officials attending the flag raising and official opening of the U.S. embassy in Cuba on Friday was Vermont senior U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. The Democrat played a critical role over the past few years in negotiations to normalize relations after a half-century of rancor. He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley it was an emotional moment watching the flag rise again in Havana.
Senator Leahy, a Democrat, is a co-sponsor of a bill that would eliminate the Cuba trade embargo. He has represented Vermont in the Senate since 1975.