Thursday, September 29, 2016

Today's evidence that there's no taking seriously anything that comes out of Squirrel-Hair's mouth

Hope nobody thought he was being resolute recently when he talked tough about Cuba:

Donald Trump has been hit with a pre-October surprise, one that has the potential of harming his outreach to the anti-Castro Cuban-American community, which strongly opposed any lifting of the U.S. embargo on Cuba.
Just a few days ago, Trump sought the support of this community, strongly embracing tough measures against Castro. And two weeks earlier, speaking in Florida, Trump promised to reverse Obama’s new policy towards Cuba:
[A]ll of the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done with executive order, which means the next president can reverse them. And that is what I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands. Those demands will include religious and political freedom for the Cuban people and the freeing of political prisoners.
But the cover story in Newsweek written by Kurt Eichenwald reveals that Trump's business interests stood above his promises to the anti-Castro Cubans in Miami:
[A Trump business] secretly conducted business in Communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings.
The Daily Beast provides a summary of Newsweek's findings:
Donald Trump’s company officials secretly explored business opportunities in Cuba during the U.S. embargo against the communist island-nation, according to Newsweek report. An article by reporter Kurt Eichenwald posted early Thursday, citing documents he obtained, says Trump employees visited Havana during Fidel Castro’s presidency and, despite the clear violation of federal law, spent at least $68,000 in the country in 1998 without U.S. government permission. Eichenwald’s report is based on court filings, company records, and interviews with former Trump executives. According to Eichenwald, the company funneled the money to Cuba through a U.S. consulting firm -- with Trump’s knowledge -- in order to make the trip’s spending appear legal.
U.S. law at the time made any spending of even one penny in Cuba by U.S. corporations illegal without U.S. government approval.
Trump’s actions came at the very time he launched his first bid for the White House, when he sought the nomination of the Reform Party.
Laura Ingraham, Conrad Black, Sean Hannity, Wayne Allen Root, Ann Coulter, call your offices.

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