Trump Stands Up to the Castro Regime

Daily Signal-01In withdrawing personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, the Trump administration took a limited and reasonable retaliation for attacks on U.S. diplomats in Havana. It could, and should, have gone further, but the actions at least convey to the ruthless Castro regime that it now deals with a government that will stand up for U.S. interests.

The withdrawal will affect over 50 percent of the diplomatic personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Havana considered “nonessential.” It comes weeks after the State Department announced that at least 21 American diplomats—it is thought to be more—have been harmed with loss of hearing and minor brain injury.

The cause is thought to be acoustic attacks aimed at diplomatic compounds or even the living quarters of U.S. personnel. Such attacks were routine during the decades when the U.S. and the West faced off with the Communist empire based in the Soviet Union. …

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