Last Updated Oct 16, 2017 6:34 PM EDT
President Trump said Monday that he believes Cuba is to blame for acoustic attacks on U.S. diplomats in Havana.
"I do believe Cuba is responsible," Mr. Trump said, at anin the Rose Garden at the White House Monday.
At least 22 Americans have suffered from mysterious acoustic attacks during stints in Havana over the past year. One of the victimsthat the U.S. response had been poor and their complaints had been ignored by senior embassy leadership, CBS News Steve Dorsey reported.
Some of the diplomatswith conditions as serious as mild traumatic brain injury and possible damage to the central nervous system.
Until Monday, the U.S. had not publicly blamed Cuba for the attacks but had said that Havana has not met its international oblications to protect diplomats. Earlier this month, the U.S. issued a travel warning for Cuba and announced it would expel 15 Cuban embassy officials from Washington.
A state department spokesperson tells CBS News: "We are not aware of direct responsibility but Cuba has a responsibility under the Vienna Convention to protect our diplomatic staff. That has not changed."