Trump hit on Cuba busi­ness as he goes af­ter Bill Clin­ton


US Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton said on Thurs­day that her Repub­li­can op­po­nent Don­ald Trump may have vi­o­lated US law, fol­low­ing a news re­port that one of his com­pa­nies at­tempted to do busi­ness in Cuba.

Newsweek reported that a ho­tel and casino com­pany con­trolled by Trump se­cretly con­ducted busi­ness with Cuba that was il­le­gal un­der US sanc­tions dur­ing Fidel Cas­tro’s pres­i­dency of the Com­mu­nistruled is­land.

“To­day we learned about his ef­forts to do busi­ness in Cuba, which ap­pear to vi­o­late US law, cer­tainly flout Amer­i­can for­eign pol­icy, and he has con­sis­tently mis­led peo­ple in re­spond­ing to ques­tions about whether he was at­tempt­ing to do busi­ness in Cuba,” Clin­ton told re­porters on her cam­paign plane.

Clin­ton and Trump are in a close race ahead of the Nov 8 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

The Trump cam­paign did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a Reuters re­quest for com­ment.

On Thurs­day, Trump said he took the moral high ground at the first pres­i­den­tial de­bate by not men­tion­ing the in­fi­deli­ties of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s hus­band, for­mer pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton. But he hinted at them, talked about them im­me­di­ately af­ter­ward and then sent his cam­paign’s top back­ers out to do the same.

“An im­peach­ment for ly­ing,” Trump said Thurs­day at a cam­paign rally in New Hamp­shire, re­fer­ring to the ef­fort to re­move Bill Clin­ton from of­fice for ly­ing about his af­fair with White House in­tern Mon­ica Lewin­sky. “Re­mem­ber that? Im­peach.”

Newsweek, cit­ing in­ter­views with for­mer Trump ex­ec­u­tives, in­ter­nal com­pany records and court fil­ings, said the Trump com­pany spent at least $68,000 for a 1998 trip to Cuba at a time when any cor­po­rate ex­pen­di­ture in the Caribbean coun­try was pro­hib­ited with­out US govern­ment ap­proval.

The Trump com­pany did not spend the money di­rectly, but fun­neled the cash for the Cuba trip through an Amer­i­can con­sult­ing firm, Newsweek said.

“The ef­forts that Trump is mak­ing to get into the Cuba mar­ket, putting his busi­ness in­ter­ests ahead of the laws of the United States ... shows that he puts his per­sonal and busi­ness in­ter­ests ahead of the laws and the val­ues and the poli­cies of the United States of Amer­ica,” Clin­ton said.

Clin­ton was asked if she has an obli­ga­tion to speak out if Trump brings up her hus­band’s in­fi­deli­ties. Her an­swer was a terse “No.”

Ar­kan­sas At­tor­ney Gen­eral Leslie Rut­ledge told MSNBC on Wed­nes­day, “If we want to dig back through the ’90s on com­ments made about women, we can cer­tainly look to Sec­re­tary Clin­ton re­fer­ring to Mon­ica Lewin­sky as a neu­rotic loony toon.”


Florence Fang, cu­ra­tor and founder of the WWII Pa­cific War Memo­rial Hall, shows Gor­don Mueller, CEO and pres­i­dent of The Na­tional WWII Mu­seum, some ar­ti­facts on dis­play in San Fran­cisco Thurs­day. The two vowed to co­op­er­ate more in the future to bet­ter present the Chi­nese chap­ter in the his­tory of World War II.

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