Discussion: Trump Denies Report That He Did Business In Cuba

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I’d bet there are documents out there showing his minions worked with a group that was working to develop business opportunities in Iran in the last few years. I’m sure he’ll be all over the next Pyongyang golf resort, too.

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This is one report that, if it can be further substantiated, could really hurt him. It won’t hurt him with his absolute die-hard core supporters, but given the hatred in the GOP to thawing relations with Cuba- especially among Cubanos- he could get burned by this.

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“Doing business in” and “spending money in” Cuba are two different things. The report says HO spent money seeking investment opportunities – not that he actually operated a business there. HO (and all conservatives) just love these word games – for some reason, they seem to think it makes them appear clever. It does not.

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Plus, as Lawrence said last night…Donald said he didn’t do business, Don Corleone could say he didn’t murder anyone.

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The question is: ‘Did he spend money?’

Which is the question he did not answer.

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“Please note that under current law trips of the sort that Mr. Fields took to Cuba must be sanctioned not only by the White House but are technically on behalf of a charity.”

33 words.

Does the Trump organization have a copy of the document from the White House that sanctioned this trip?

Can anyone in the Trump organization make the case that this was on behalf of a charity?

If not, those 33 words are going to be another millstone around the Trump campaign’s neck, and he’s going to run out of people willing to help prop it up.

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KELLYANNE CONWAY: You have to read the whole story, to find out he didn’t invest in it. … Read the entire story. It starts out with a screaming headline, as it usually does, that he did business in Cuba, and it turns out that he decided not to invest there. You have to read the entire story.

FARIS: So are you denying that his company spent any money in Cuba?

CONWAY: I think they paid money, as I understand from the story, they paid money in 1998, and we’re not supposed to talk about years ago when it comes to the Clintons, but with Trump …

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And she’s the smart one in the campaign…

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There’s this guy who has very bad reputation as a reporter. You see what his record is.

Ok lets see what his record is:
Nominations: Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, Emmy for Documentary on Child Porn
Movies: The Informant!
Education: St. Mark’s School of Texas, Swarthmore College
Notable awards: George Polk Awards, Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism

Not to nit pick Donny this guy has a pretty sterling record. So once again you are left with nothing but projection.

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Don the Con will love his federal “two hots and a cot” accommodations.

Thank you, Donald, for giving this story more life.

The classic non-denial denial. HE did not do business in Cuba. A company acting on his behalf did, as Kellyanne admitted.

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No wonder Donnie’s campaign manager is named CONway. The con continues…

Donald J. Trump Foundation not certified as charity in New York

Donald Trump’s charitable foundation - which has been sustained for years by donors outside the Trump family - has never obtained the certification that New York requires before charities can solicit money from the public, according to the state attorney general’s office.

"He’s a billionaire who acts like a thousandaire,"

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My daughter thought I was Zorro, when she was young…(she was the only one who thought so)

Trump’s Base believes everything he says (most people are not Trumpers)

See what’s happening here? The difference is that, in the former case… I KNOW I was never Zorro.

Trump? He’s insane.

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Eichenwald’s report is pretty substantiated as is. He has a documented paper trail, including receipts and an internal memo where Trump is giving them directions on how to try and cover it up to look like its charity money. He has them contacting the State department before hand and asking if there was a way they could do this, and were told no…but went ahead anyway AFTER being told no. And he has him on tape talking to Cuban Americans 7 months later saying he would never allow any money to go to Cuba/Castro.

Its pretty devastating as is.

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Halloween’s coming, you could live the dream! :-}

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I deny doing what I am not accused of doing!

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And just to underline this…spending $68,000 in Cuba (which goes a long way) on meetings with bankers, government officials and businessmen…IS “doing business”.

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But they really aren’t. And more importantly, in terms of the embargo that was in place, spending ANY money in Cuba was a federal violation.

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Yes, it is. I’ve just learned over the years that a lot of people don’t necessarily buy one report (no matter how good it is), and that they may need another one to feel that it’s real. It should be interesting to see how things fall out on this one.

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