State Department orders expulsion of two members of Cuba's UN mission over 'influence operations'

State Department orders expulsion of two members of Cuba's UN mission over 'influence operations'
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The State Department on Thursday ordered two members of the Cuban mission to the United Nations to leave the country for “abusing their privileges of residence.”

The agency said in a statement that it had informed the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the two diplomats would have to return to Cuba after “attempts to conduct influence operations against the United States.” The administration is also restricting travel for all members of Cuba’s UN mission to Manhattan.

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“We take any and all attempts against the National Security of the United States seriously, and will continue to investigate any additional personnel who may be manipulating their privileges of residence,” the State Department said in a statement.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request from The Hill asking for further information regarding the diplomats’ operations.

The Trump administration has sought to roll back ties the U.S. established with Cuba during the Obama presidency, slapping new travel restrictions on the island in June.

The government in April also placed new limits on the amount of money Cuban Americans can send to relatives on the island and announced it would allow U.S. citizens to sue foreign businesses using property seized during the 1959 Cuban revolution. 

“Cuba remains communist, and the United States, under the previous administration, made too many concessions to one of our historically most aggressive adversaries,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOvernight Energy: Dems subpoena Perry in impeachment inquiry | EPA to overhaul rules on lead contamination tests | Commerce staff wrote statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump Commerce staff drafted statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump's hurricane predictions US, in reversal, does not support Brazil's entry to OECD MORE said in a June statement.