Sen. Amy Klobuchar was at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., this morning when it reopened after 54 years.
Protesters also attended the ceremony at the embassy, two miles from the White House, which included the raising of the Cuban flag.
Klobuchar is pushing a bill to lift the current Cuban trade embargo, which she says would boost exports and jobs here. She said in a statement today:
The opening of the Cuban embassy in Washington, DC, marks an important step in modernizing our relationship with Cuba after more than 50 years of isolation. This evolution in our relationship with 11 million people 90 miles off of our shore was long overdue, and it is now time to not only open our own fully equipped and staffed embassy in Havana, but to lift the trade embargo once and for all. Passing my bipartisan bill to lift the embargo would benefit the people of both of our countries by boosting U.S. exports and allowing Cubans greater access to American goods.