Trump aide says Cuba could halt at­tacks

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON — The United States be­lieves that Cuban Pres­i­dent Raul Cas­tro’s gov­ern­ment could have stopped at­tacks on U.S. diplo­mats, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said.

Kelly didn’t elab­o­rate on why the U.S. be­lieves Cuba could stop them. Pre­vi­ously, the United States has said merely that it was Cuba’s re­spon­si­bil­ity un­der in­ter­na­tional law to pro­tect diplo­mats serv­ing on its soil.

At least 22 Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment per­son­nel are said by the U.S. to be “med­i­cally con­firmed” to have been af­fected by the mys­te­ri­ous at­tacks. The U.S. says the num­ber could grow.

The U.S. has not ac­cused Cuba or any other ac­tor of per­pe­trat­ing the at­tacks. Cuba’s gov­ern­ment has ve­he­mently de­nied in­volve­ment or knowl­edge of the at­tacks.

Kelly was asked about the Cuba at­tacks dur­ing a news brief­ing at the White House.

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