John Kirby fuels suspicion with WEAK answer to China establishing a ‘secret’ spy facility in Cuba

White House National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby danced around a question about a report that China has an agreement with Cuba to build a spy facility on the island located just 90 miles off the coast of Florida.

Kirby appeared Thursday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” and the show’s host and namesake asked for his reaction after stating, “China and Cuba have now reached a secret agreement — we are told — for China to establish an electronic facility on the island, which would allow Chinese intelligence services to scoop up electronic communications throughout the southeastern U.S.”

The Biden official denies the report was accurate, but offered no specifics or details in the word salad he served up.

“I’ve seen that press report. It’s not accurate,” Kirby insisted. “What I can tell you is that we have been concerned since day one of this administration about China’s influence activities around the world, certainly in this hemisphere and in this region. We’re watching this very, very closely. And we will — we have and will continue to take steps to mitigate any potential threat that those activities might pose so that we can make sure — and we are, we’re positive — that we can continue to defend this nation.”

Surprisingly, Mitchell pressed: “You’re saying it’s not accurate that they’re planning this?”

Again, Kirby avoided a direct answer to the question.

“I’m saying, we’ve seen the report. It’s not accurate. We’re focused on making sure that we can mitigate any threats from China in the region,” he replied.

To suggest people are skeptical of Kirby’s reassurances would be a vast understatement. Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:


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