U.S. to ask Cuba to pull out most of its diplomats

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WASHINGTON DC, (AP) -- U.S. officials say the Trump administration plans to ask Cuba to withdraw 60 percent of its diplomats from Washington in response to last week's U.S. move to cut its own embassy staff in Havana by a similar amount.

Just recently, the United States and Cuba maintained dozens of diplomats in newly re-opened embassies in Havana and Washington. The embassies symbolized a warming relationship between the two nations.

But now both countries are poised to cut their embassies by more than half following the unexplained attacks threatening delicate ties between the Cold War rivals. It's been less than three years since the U.S. and Cuba renewed diplomatic relations.

At least 21 American government workers in Havana have been attacked. Some have symptoms involving hearing, cognition, balance and vision.