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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Statement on Hasty Removal of U.S. Diplomatic Staff from Cuba

October 2, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced its decision to remove U.S. diplomatic staff from Havana, Cuba.

"By expelling 15 Cuban diplomats from the United States, Secretary Tillerson and the Trump Administration have adopted a hasty response without a thorough investigation into what actually transpired." Rep. Bass said. "If the Cuban government is not involved, the expulsion of the diplomats would essentially play into the hands of those seeking to undermine the budding U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relationship. I am concerned about the health of our diplomats and hope that the U.S. works with the Cuban government to get to the bottom of what happened."