First, diplomats were pulled out of Havana.
Last week the State Department made a startling announcement. The U.S. diplomatic staff stationed in Cuba was being culled. At least 60 percent of employees were ordered to immediately vacate the country.
Now, Cuban diplomats are being expelled from the U.S.
The Trump administration has ordered Havana to remove at least 15 diplomats from their Washington D.C. office. The affected employees have seven days to leave the country voluntarily.
Trump’s decision is a defensive, rather than offensive, measure. Nearly two dozen American embassy staffers in Cuba became violently ill after being exposed to suspected sonic attacks. Cuban authorities did nothing to stop the attack.
“The decision (to remove the American diplomats) was made due to Cuba’s failure to take appropriate steps to protect our diplomats in accordance under the Vienna Convention,” the State Department said in a statement.
“Our embassy will be reduced to emergency personnel to minimize the number of diplomats at risk of exposure to harm.”
No one has been able to say conclusively what happened to the injured diplomats. 21 people who work in the same building don’t suddenly become ill with the same bizarre symptoms for no reason, clearly some sort of attack was carried out. But what?
According to the Daily Mail: “Theories abound, from surveillance technology gone awry to a sophisticated acoustic weapon in the hands of Cuban-American exiles or third-party state actors such as Russia, Iran or North Korea, but most flounder.”