U.S. yanks Cuba staff

New York Daily News - - NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON— The United States de­liv­ered an omi­nous warn­ing to Amer­i­cans on Fri­day to stay away from Cuba and or­dered home more than half the U.S. diplo­matic corps, ac­knowl­edg­ing that nei­ther the Cubans nor the FBI can fig­ure out who or what is re­spon­si­ble for months of mys­te­ri­ous health ail­ments.

No longer tip­toe­ing around the is­sue, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion shifted to call­ing the episodes “at­tacks” rather than “in­ci­dents.”

The U.S. Em­bassy (pic­tured) in Cuba will lose roughly 60% of its Amer­i­can staff and will stop pro­cess­ing visas for prospec­tive Cuban trav­el­ers to the U.S. in­def­i­nitely, of­fi­cials said. Roughly 50 Amer­i­cans had been work­ing at the em­bassy.

Pres­i­dent Trump said in Cuba “they did some very bad things” that harmed U.S. di­plo­mats, but he didn’t say who he might mean by “they.”

Though of­fi­cials ini­tially sus­pected some fu­tur­is­tic “sonic at­tack,” the pic­ture is muddy. The FBI and other agen­cies that searched homes and ho­tels where in­ci­dents oc­curred found no de­vices.

Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son said U.S. pres­ence there will be re­duced “un­til the gov­ern­ment of Cuba can en­sure the safety of our di­plo­mats in Cuba.”

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