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Rubio Commends State Department’s Expulsion of Cuban Operatives

Oct 3, 2017 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement today after the U.S. State Department announced it will expel a number of Cuban operatives from the U.S. after American diplomats were forced to leave Havana due to attacks:

“As American diplomatic personnel continue to come under attack in Havana, I commend the U.S. State Department for expelling a number of Cuban operatives from the U.S. No one should be fooled by the Castro regime’s claim it knows nothing about how these harmful attacks are occurring or who perpetrated them. I have called on the State Department to conduct an independent investigation and submit a comprehensive report to Congress, and I look forward to reviewing it. All nations have an obligation to ensure the protection of diplomatic representatives in their countries. Cuba is failing miserably and proving how misguided and dangerous the Obama Administration’s decisions were. At this time, the U.S. embassy in Havana should be downgraded to an interests section and we should be prepared to consider additional measures against the Castro regime if these attacks continue.”

On Friday, Rubio called on the State Department to expel Cuban operatives.

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“A medida que el personal diplomático estadounidense continúa siendo atacado en La Habana, encomiendo al Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos por expulsar a varios agentes cubanos de nuestro país. Nadie debería engañarse por la idea de que el régimen de Castro reclama no saber nada sobre cómo ocurren estos ataques dañinos o quien los perpetró. He hecho un llamado al Departamento de Estado para llevar a cabo una investigación independiente y presentar un informe completo al Congreso, y espero con interés revisar sus conclusiones. Todas las naciones tienen la obligación de asegurar la protección de los representantes diplomáticos en sus países. Cuba está fallando miserablemente y demostrando lo equivocadas y peligrosas que fueron las decisiones de la Administración Obama. En este momento, la embajada de los Estados Unidos en La Habana debería ser reducida a una sección de intereses y debemos estar preparados para considerar medidas adicionales contra el régimen de Castro si estos ataques continúan”.