The Latest: GOP senators want US pushback on Cuba

The Washington Post, September 15, 2017

The Latest: GOP senators want US pushback on Cuba

By Associated Press September 15 at 12:45 PM

HAVANA — The Latest on the U.S. response to diplomats mysteriously harmed in Cuba (all times local):

Five Republican senators are urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to punish Cuba after U.S. diplomats stationed in the island nation were harassed and injured under mysterious circumstances.

They want Tillerson to expel accredited Cuban diplomats from the United States and, if Cuba doesn’t take swift action to ensure the safety of American personnel, shutter the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

The letter follows an Associated Press report that examined “health attacks” against U.S. diplomats in Cuba that have caused hearing loss and speech problems for at least 21 victims. The State Department, FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating.

The letter was signed by Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Richard Burr of North Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida, and James Lankford of Oklahoma.