Thursday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said it was “incredibly to believe,” the White House’s claim that hostage Alan Gross’ release was not a swap for the three convicted Cuban spies the United States released at the same time.
Menendez said, “Trading convicted spice including one with experience to commit murder for an innocent civilian is a dangerous precedent. It says to others and the world, grab an aid worker and you can negotiate.”
Host Andrea Mitchell interrupted saying,”Let me just say you know that the White House insists this was not quid pro quo.”
To which the New Jersey Senator quickly replied, “I know. I find that hard incredibly to believe and I think it’s so transparent that most would not believe that. Secondly if you are going to normalize relationships, you gave everything the Castro regime has wanted and has had advocates for here in the United States. You have nothing in return.”
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