Robert Menendez, chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is furious about the president’s deal with Cuba. The Democratic senator from New Jersey said the prisoner swap was a terrible mistake. “President Obama's actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government,” he said. He complained that it was wrong to trade Alan Gross, an American civilian who had committed no crime, for three Cuban spies although other reports suggested that an unnamed U.S. intelligence operative had also been freed. Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, said the rapprochement was “absurd.” He told Fox News: "Barack Obama is the worst negotiator we've had as president since at least Jimmy Carter."