According to an explosive Newsweek story out Thursday, Donald Trump “secretly conducted business in communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency” even though it was illegal.
On Thursday during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Trump tried to lie his way out it.
Video via WMUR:
The Republican nominee said:
I never went to Cuba. I’ve never been to Cuba. I never did business with Cuba … There’s nothing else to say. I never did business in Cuba. I’d tell you very openly if I did. I was not involved in doing business in Cuba.
Unfortunately for Trump, there’s actual evidence that his company did, in fact, spend money in Cuba. In a tweet shortly after the Republican nominee lied about his business ties, Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald shared the proof.
Trump now says his company never paid a consultant 2 go to Cuba and never discussed how to make the biz trip look humanitarian. He’s a liar. pic.twitter.com/opehJojN6M
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) September 29, 2016
According to an invoice sent from Seven Arrows Investment to the Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, Inc., the Trump-owned business incurred nearly $70,000 in expenses “prior to and including a trip to Cuba.”
It gets worse, though.
Not only is Trump lying about his business ties with Cuba, but during the time his company was illegally spending money in the country, Trump was trying to figure out how to pass the expenses off as “charity,” which is the only way it wouldn’t be considered a violation of the embargo.
Once again, the Republican nominee is hoping that if he repeats a lie enough times, people will either start believing him or just brush off the story entirely.
The media needs to do its job and make sure he doesn’t get away with it.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.