A Newsweek report indicates that in 1998 Donald Trump’s hotel and casino business spent $68,000 in Cuba while it was under Fidel Castro’s dictatorship.
Although Donald Trump made clear in Monday’s debate that he is the "law and order" candidate, an exposé has suggested that his casino company illegally paid $68,000 to Cuban businesses during the embargo in 1998.
In a Newsweek investigation published Thursday morning, Kurt Eichenwald reported that although Trump didn’t pay cash directly in Cuba, his company instead “funneled” money through a consulting firm which was searching for business opportunities on the island.
The presidential candidate was well aware that his money was illegally being funneled into Cuba, and that this was done without pre-approval from the United States government.
To make matters worse, his company, which was then known as Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, attempted to cover up the shady business deal. Records indicated that a consultant advised his company on how to make the $68,000 payment appear to be a donation to a Catholic church.
Eichenwald wrote, “…with Trump’s knowledge, executives funneled the cash for the Cuba trip through an American consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corp. Once the business consultants traveled to the island and incurred the expense for the venture, Seven Arrows instructed senior officers with Trump’s company… how to make it appear legal by linking it after the fact to a charitable effort.”
While the Cuban embargo was designed to deprive the communist island of U.S. currency, Trump’s blatant disrespect for American foreign policy during Fidel Castro’s dictatorship could foreshadow how he may handle foreign engagements as commander-in-chief.
According to Politico, this new insight may also cause Trump to lose crucial Cuban-American votes in the swing state of Florida. Shortly after Trump’s company’s embargo violation, he spoke to the Cuban-American National Foundation in 1999 and flat-out lied that he would never do business with the communist country.
In his speech, he acknowledged that money spent in Cuba falls into the hands of the dictatorship, not its ordinary citizens. He also lied about having rejected business opportunities in Cuba.
Trump’s repeated breach of American laws, including not paying taxes, just goes to show how unfit he is to be president.
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