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Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro blasted Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) on Tuesday over his continued hold on military promotions, saying that the senator is hurting American military readiness.

“As someone who was born in a communist country, I never would have imagined that actually one of our own senators would actually be aiding and abetting communist and other autocratic regimes,” Del Toro, who was born in Cuba, said in a CNN interview.

“This is having a real negative impact and will continue to have a real negative impact on our combat readiness,” he continued.

Tuberville has stopped all military officer promotions, at all levels, for six months out of protest of the Department of Defense’s policies allowing military service members to receive abortion care. The controversial blockage has come under widespread criticism from Democratsthe White House, military leaders and advocates and even Alabama voters.

Fellow Republicans have attempted to negotiate with the senator to stop the protest, but have so far failed.

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