Havana (CNN)Cuba's foreign minister on Tuesday lashed out at the Trump administration for "complacent silence" following a shooting at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC, and for trying to thwart Cuban efforts to battle the coronavirus.
Cuba slams US over shooting attack on embassy in Washington
"In the midst of the pandemic, the Secretary of State Mr. [Mike] Pompeo is constantly advocating against Cuban medical cooperation and slandered Cuban medical doctors instead of saying one word about the terrorist attack that happened a few blocks not only from the White House but from the State Department," Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla told CNN in an interview on Tuesday.
Rodriguez Parrilla said the US government has shown little cooperation following the incident in April when a man opened fire on the Embassy, riddling the front of the building with gunfire. He said the State Department has been slow to share information and that senior administration officials failed to condemn the attack.
"The attacker confessed that he aimed to kill. It's a very serious issue," Rodriguez Parrilla told CNN. "Can you imagine that which would be the US reaction in a similar case of a similar attack against an American embassy anywhere in the world?"
The Trump administration has tightened economic sanctions on Cuba and asked countries not to accept Cuban medical assistance to fight the coronavirus outbreak, arguing that the doctors and nurses Cuba sends are underpaid and used for propaganda purposes.