Newsweek reported yesterday that a Trump consultant had disregarded the embargo in the late 90s and had traveled to Cuba in search of business ventures. Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts are accused of paying around $68,000 “to a consulting firm that traveled to the island in search of business opportunities on Trump’s behalf.” The Newsweek article also alleges that the consultant billed Trump’s company and directed its employees to make the trip look like it was doing work with a Catholic charity.
However, the Newsweek article didn’t give an exact date that the trip was taken or the nature of business that was to be conducted.
And Republican Florida politicians are highlighting this.
Governor Rick Scott (R) called the allegations a distraction that Hillary Clinton (D) will press because “she doesn’t want to talk about job creation because she didn’t get it done. She doesn’t want to talk about ISIS because she failed. She doesn’t want to support law enforcement or the military, which she’s failed at. This is another Clinton distraction because the election is going to be about jobs… Donald knows how to create jobs. He’s done it. Clinton never has.”
Senator Marco Rubio (R), a pro-embargo supporter, commented that he won’t be making “judgement until we know all the facts and Donald has been given the opportunity to respond.”
Mario Diaz-Balart (R), spoke to Politico on the issue and commented that “Trump in the past and now has made some very strong and clear statements about Cuba… and any allegations that would contradict his very clear position I have not yet seen.”
When asked about the issue, Donald Trump (R) commented that he hadn’t done any deals in Cuba.
Anytime you see a story about me or my campaign saying “sources said,” DO NOT believe it. There are no sources, they are just made up lies!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
The allegations come at a time when Donald Trump is hard at work rallying up Cuban-American support in Miami-Dade, a county that has 366,000 Republicans and where 72% are Hispanic.
Roger Stone, an old business associate of Donald Trump’s, commented on Richard T. Fields, the Trump representative in question, and Stone told Politico that Fields was trying to sell a Cuba deal to Trump “but the CEO of Trump Hotel & Casino Resorts nixed the idea. I assume Fields went there on his own… Richard was always coming up with harebrained schemed and then trying to get Trump to pay for them.”