Flake recalled that the presence of U.S. officials in the embassy in Havana is very small and noted the importance of having a larger staff.
For his part, Udall also referred to the significant reduction in the number of U.S. officials in Cuba and asked Pompeo if he would work to improve links with Havana, ‘a relationship that benefits many states, in the hope of increasing trade with the island’.
The Democratic senator said, ‘I have spoken about how many governors have gone to Cuba and have seen that there are 11 million people to whom we want to sell food and agricultural products. Will you work to improve ties with Cuba?’
‘The answer to your question is yes,’ said Pompeo, who spoke about ‘concerns’ about the presence of U.S. officials in Havana after diplomats from the U.S. Embassy reported health incidents used as a justification to reduce the personnel.
‘We will build out a team there that will deliver American diplomacy to Cuba in a way that represents the finest of American diplomacy,’ he added.