e US government scaling back its embassy staff by 60% in Havana after months of alleged sonic attacks on diplomats and American tourists. The AP reporting US visas will no longer be processed as the State Department warns US citizens Friday against travel to Cuba. In a statement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson detailing US plans for a staff draw down of the embassy in response to mysterious incidents that have harmed the health of at least 21 US diplomats and family members who have experienced hearing loss, dizziness and nausea.
Several Canadians have also been effected by similar ailments. The Cuban government says it's investigating the incidents, but so far has not been able to determine a cause for the illnesses.>>
> The US Embassy in Havana reopened two years ago after President Barack Obama began normalizing relations in Havana in 2014. Obama's policy shift coming after a more than 50-year US trade embargo against the communist island nation.
Especially cooperation over matters of mutual interests between both countries, and the diverse exchanges that take place between Cuba and the United States.>>
A partial evacuation, even one depicted by the Trump administration as a safety measure, sending a message of US displeasure over Cuba's handling of the matter, delivers another blow to Obama era engagement policies with Havana.