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THE HAVANA HUSTLE

HOW DONALD TRUMP’S COMPANY VIOLATED THE U.S. EMBARGO AGAINST THE CASTRO REGIME TO GET A CASINO IN CUBA

Nor is it the first time that his business dealings have put him in direct conflict with what he claims are his political beliefs and forced him to lie about those transactions.

Trump launched his first presidential campaign in Miami in November 1999, seeking the nomination of the Reform Party. There, at a luncheon hosted by the Cuban American National Foundation, an organization of Cuban exiles, he proclaimed he wanted to maintain the American embargo against Cuba and would not spend any money there so long as Fidel Castro remained in power. Florida, then and now a critical electoral state, has a large number of Cuban-Americans who are virulently opposed to the Castro regime.

“As you know—and the people in this room know better than anyone—putting money and investing money in Cuba right now doesn’t go to the people of Cuba,’’ Trump told the crowd. “It goes to Fidel Castro. He’s a murderer. He’s a killer. He’s a bad guy in every respect, and, frankly, the embargo must stand if for no other reason than, if it does stand, he will come down.”

Trump might have added that while Castro may be a murderer, he was, at least in Trump’s mind, an attractive business partner. Trump might have also added that he’d already tried to make a deal with Castro’s regime, that a company controlled by him secretly conducted business in Communist Cuba during Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings.

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