Tillerson Warns People Not To Tour To Cuba, Reduces Havana Embassy Team Of Workers

| M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO Tillerson warns Americans not to travel to Cuba, reduces Havana embassy staffMIAMI — In response to unexplained attacks against U.S. Embassy staff in Cuba in the past year, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that the State Department will reduce its staff in Havana and is warning Americans not to travel to the island nation.
He said the Cuban Embassy’s staff in Washington should also be reduced “by the same proportionate number of U.S. personnel recalled.
“Until the Government of Cuba can ensure the safety of our diplomats in Cuba, our Embassy will be reduced to emergency personnel in order to minimize the number of diplomats at risk of exposure to harm,” Tillerson said.
“”The idea that Cuba knows nothing about how these attacks took place and who perpetrated them is absurd,” he said.
The Associated Press, quoting unidentified American officials, reported that the embassy will lose roughly 60 percent of its U.S. staff, and stop processing visas indefinitely.

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