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Fallout Over Donald Trump’s Business Connections With Castro’s Cuba

September 30, 2016

It comes as no surprise this election cycle–given what we have seen–that we now know thanks to a Newsweek story that Donald Trump indirectly did business with Cuba in the 1990s.  In so doing he violatied the embargo that the U.S. has had with the Communist nation for decades.   Whether we agree or disagree with that embargo no one can just flaunt the law.

The story in Newsweek by Kurt Eichenwald reported that Trump had violated the embargo by hiring a consulting firm to probe the possibility of doing business on the island, an action that the story concludes violated U.S. law at the time but which is no longer punishable because the statute of limitations has expired.

But Trump’s action at the time was illegal and speaks to the need for voters to determine the content of Trump’s character. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke to the issue and was spot on about how we need to view this matter.

Clinton said “He has consistently mislead people about doing business in Cuba. So this adds to the long list of actions and statements that raise doubts about his temperament and qualifications to be president and commander in chief.”

My concern is also how many others feel about Trump and that can be summed up by saying he always has placed his own business needs ahead of the national interest.  This is not a person who can be trusted with the public needs which a president must always have as a first priority.

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