David Muir Lands Exclusive Interview With President Obama on Release of Alan Gross

“World News Tonight” anchor’s interview with the president to air Wednesday night on ABC

Last Updated: December 17, 2014 @ 8:53 AM

ABC’s David Muir will exclusively interview President Obama Wednesday about the historic move by Obama and Cuba to release American contractor Alan Gross in exchange for three Cuban intelligence agents.

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President Obama is set to announce Gross’ release at noon ET on Wednesday, and the interview with Muir will air at at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

Gross, 65, was a U.S. contractor captured and held prisoner by the Cuban government since 2009. He was freed Wednesday as part of a historic agreement with Cuba that sets the way for a complete change in policy toward Cuba, including a possible lifting of the trade embargo the U.S. has had for decades.

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At his press conference, Obama is expected to announce a lessening of traveling and economic restrictions toward Cuba and start talks with the country regarding re-opening the U.S. embassy there.

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Muir reports Pope Francis was personally involved in encouraging the new relationship between the United States and Cuba, reaching out to the president and Cuban president Raul Castro.