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Madam45for2923

(7,178 posts)
Sat Oct 1, 2016, 03:13 PM Oct 2016

MIAMI HERALD DECEIVES READERS ON TRUMP'S 1998 CUBA DEALINGS -Eichenwald/Newsweek

In February 1999, Seven Arrows sent an invoice to Trump Hotels, seeking reimbursement for the $68,000. The invoice makes clear that the people involved knew the trip was illegal—even though the effort was over, it discusses how Trump Hotels needed a government license before the travel to Cuba took place. It also describes a way to make the business trip appear to be part of a humanitarian effort by linking it after-the-fact to a Cuban charity. Some charitable efforts in Cuba were legal, so long as no American person or entity spent the money. No business enterprise solely to develop opportunities was legal—and spending even a dollar in Cuba was a crime. In the end, Trump Hotels did not seek a license, did not obtain an after-the-fact sponsorship from a charity but simply stuffed the records of the crime into a filing cabinet, apparently hopeful they would never be seen publicly. But Donald Trump, according to former company executives, knew about the Cuban trip (“Do you honestly think any of Trump’s top guys would spend $68,000 without clearing it with him?” one executive replied sarcastically when Newsweek asked if Trump knew.)

Soon after the invoice was paid, Donald Trump began planning a run for the presidential nomination of the Reform Party. He decided to first focus his run on Florida, a state with one of the largest number of electoral votes—by targeting Cuban-Americans. At the time, Trump could not proclaim that his company had just paid for an illegal trip to Cuba—at least not without guaranteeing both a loss in Florida and the launch of a criminal investigation. So instead, Trump decided to trick Cuban-Americans.

The first step? Writing an op-ed for the Miami Herald in which he proclaimed his steadfast support for the embargo he had just broken. The opinion piece was published June 25, 1999, just a couple of weeks before it was publicly revealed Trump was readying a presidential run. In his article, Trump wrote:

“Of course, (Castro) would love Donald Trump to come to Havana and build casino hotels. Why? Not to raise the standard of living for the people of Cuba. Quite the contrary. Almost every dollar would go to prop up his police-state. Why? Because foreign investors cannot legally do business with private Cuban citizens. They can go into business only with the Castro government. It is highly illegal in Cuba for anyone except for the regime to employ a Cuban citizen.”

Now, compare those words with the invoice published in Newsweek last week. Look at the date and the purpose given for why the $68,000 in expenses were incurred:



Reasonable people might conclude that the editors at the Miami Herald would be infuriated that the pages of their newspaper had been used to deceive their readers. Yes, you would think that. But apparently not.

http://www.newsweek.com/miami-herald-deceives-readers-trump-cuba-505169


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Madam45for2923

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1. Trump tricked @MiamiHerald by writing a 1999 "I love Cuban embargo" piece. Now, they reprinted it kn
Sat Oct 1, 2016, 03:15 PM
Oct 2016
Trump tricked @MiamiHerald by writing a 1999 "I love Cuban embargo" piece. Now, they reprinted it knowing it's false

https://twitter.com/kurteichenwald/status/782311776880726020

 

Madam45for2923

(7,178 posts)
4. Miami Herald just added editors note due to Eihenwlad's latest rant plus new article!!!! wooohooo!
Sat Oct 1, 2016, 03:31 PM
Oct 2016
Here's why raging is important: @MiamiHerald has added editors note on lying Trump op-ed reprint, mentioning the deception. Readers saved.


https://twitter.com/kurteichenwald/status/782315467247497216

woohooo! Eichenwald way to go! Fighting the good fight! We are lucky there are few Eichenwalds and Fahrentholds around!

marybourg

(12,490 posts)
5. Of course,(Castro) would love Donald Trump to come to Havana
Sat Oct 1, 2016, 03:41 PM
Oct 2016

“Of course, (Castro) would love Donald Trump to come to Havana and build casino hotels. Why? Not to raise the standard of living for the people of Cuba. Quite the contrary. Almost every dollar would go to prop up his police-state. "

I guess the Donald "doesn't remember" that when Castro took over Cuba, he closed up the scores of American (mostly mafia)- owned casinos that blanketed the island. Had he been interested in the cash, he could have just permitted them to continue on, with the cash flowing to him, instead of to Batista .

Cuba was mostly noted at the time for its live sex shows. I find it difficult to believe that, given the Rump's proclivities, he was not very well acquainted with them and with Castro's animosity toward them. So in addition to everything else wrong with this episode, he's also a disgusting hypocrite.

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