The Obama administration plans to open the door to Cuba become public with a dramatic unveiling in December, with the release of U.S. aid worker Alan Gross and the announcement that trade and travel restrictions will be eased and that the U.S. would work to established a diplomatic presence in Cuba.
In his questioning, Rubio pushed the administration for information on who on the U.S. side negotiated for the changes, and drilled into the fact that Jacobson's office was not the prime mover of the changes. And he wanted to know which pro-democracy groups in Cuba were consulted.
He also pushed for a declaration from the administration that the opening of any diplomatic presence, such as a U.S. embassy, wouldn't come with restrictions on who in the country embassy personnel could visit.
Citing recent public comments from a top Cuban official, Rubio asked Jacobson whether the U.S. would ever go forward with an agreement that – as the Cuban official indicated – made certain pro-democracy activists in the country off-limits