The senators discussed the release of Gross in exchange for the five Cuban nationals serving sentences in the U.S. for espionage. This was the first meeting between Raúl Castro and any high U.S. government officials since meeting with Jimmy Carter in 2010.
I wonder if the coming meeting at Cartagena was discussed. President Obama will be in attendance. Raúl Castro intends to attend in an “observer” status. Whether the two will meet is an open question. If a meeting occurs, many in Florida will regard it as a “sell-out.” If Castro is not welcomed, it will appear to be a snub in much of Latin America. Sounds like a good time for our president to develop a bad cold that makes it impossible to fly.