The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century after the release of an American contractor held in prison for five years, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday.
Alan Gross and his wife, Judy, get ready to leave Cuba on Wednesday in the above photo posted on the Twitter account of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. The U.S. government satellite telephone contractor had been held in a Cuban prison for five years after his arrest in 2009.
“I intend to use every tool at our disposal in the majority to unravel as many of these changes as possible,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a son of Cuban immigrants, said Wednesday about President Barack Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba.
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