Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton on Donald Trump's Violation of the U.S. Embargo on Cuba

In her plane on the tarmac at Chicago Midway Airport this afternoon, Hillary spoke to the press.  She told them Trump appears to have broken the law and flouted U.S. foreign policy when he played a shell game with money to cover a business venture in Cuba in the late 90s.

A few other questions she responded to were definition of the "middle class" and how she would respond if Trump were to bring up issues affecting the second Clinton administration also in the late 90s.

She pegged the middle class thus and gave reasons.

"I will not raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000.” —Hillary
As to the second question, she responded with this and told the press they would have to wait and see if he does raise this in a debate and hear her response at that time.
Trump "can run his campaign however he chooses...I’m going to keep talking about the stakes in this election.”

Hillary also expressed her appreciation for the support she is receiving from Republicans.

dscn8840 dscn8842 dscn8844 dscn8845 dscn8848 dscn8851 dscn8856 dscn8857 dscn8864 dscn8869 dscn8873dscn8866

The late 90s are old news as far as the Clintons are concerned.  The issues have been revisited ad nauseam.  The information concerning Trump's dealings with Cuba, however, are actual news.   This is what vetting a presidential candidate looks like, and it does deserve a spotlight.

Here is a statement from the campaign.


Statement from Jake Sullivan on Trump’s Reported Violation of the U.S. Embargo Against Cuba

Hillary for America senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan released the following statement in response to news that Donald Trump’s company violated the United States’ trade embargo against Cuba:
“Trump’s business with Cuba appears to have broken the law, flouted U.S. foreign policy, and is in complete contradiction to Trump’s own repeated, public statements that he had been offered opportunities to invest in Cuba but passed them up. This latest report shows once again that Trump will always put his own business interest ahead of the national interest - and has no trouble lying about it.”
The Trump campaign this morning:
Kellyanne Conway Was Asked Whether She Denied That Trump’s Company Spent Money In Cuba And Said “I Think They Paid Money, As I Understand From The Story, They Paid Money In 1998.” HOST: Are you denying that his company spent any money in Cuba? KELLYANNE CONWAY: I think they paid money, as I understand from the story, they paid money in 1998 – I know we’re not supposed to talk about years ago when it comes to the Clintons, but with Trump there is no statute of limitations.
Some of Trump’s comments on Cuba:
Trump Said European Investors “Have Asked Me To Take The ‘Trump Magic’ To Cuba.” “In a June 27 article in El Nuevo Herald (the Spanish-language version of the Miami Herald), New Jersey casino operator Trump revealed European investors ‘have asked me to take the “Trump Magic” to Cuba’ and build casino-hotels in Havana.” [New York Post, 7/11/99]
Trump Said He Would Earn Millions Of Dollars By Doing Business In Cuba But Would Lose His Self-Respect. “If he were to bypass the U.S. embargo this way, Trump said, ‘I could earn millions of dollars in Cuba. But I prefer to lose those millions than to lose my self-respect.’” [New York Post, 7/11/99]
1999: Trump Said He Would “Immediately Reverse The Move To Normalize Relations” With Fidel Castro And That “Normalization Is Pure Lunacy.” “I would also immediately reverse the move to normalize relations with the most abnormal political figure in our hemisphere: Fidel Castro. We have pushed him to the precipice with our embargo, helped of course by the withdrawal of Soviet backing. Now comes a movement, backed by State Department bureaucrats, to rescue Mr. Castro with U.S. dollars. The striped-pants set won’t like hearing this, but normalization is pure lunacy. If a right-wing dictator like Augusto Pinochet can be extradited and tried for his crimes against humanity, the same treatment is due Mr. Castro.” [Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, 9/30/99]
2000: Trump On The Cuban Embargo: Cuba Will Be Freed By Ideas, Not By “Rapacious Businessmen Lining Castro’s Pockets And Propping Up His Oppressive Regime.” “Cuba will be freed by ideas, not by rapacious businessmen lining Castro’s pockets and propping up his oppressive regime.” [Donald Trump, The America We Deserve, 1/15/00]

Read more >>>> See Kurt Eichenwald's article that raised the questions >>>>>

Eichenwald and Newsweek are performing a public service by exposing Trump's questionable foreign relations.