Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump went on the defensive Thursday, denying claims that he did business in Cuba and violated the U.S. embargo.
Newsweek reported on Thursday that the Republican nominee’s casino company paid a consulting firm $68,000 in 1998 to find business opportunities in Cuba. The firm allegedly went to Cuba on behalf of Trump’s company to negotiate potential deals. Such business dealings were illegal at the time.
“I never did business in Cuba,” Trump said in an NH1 interview Thursday evening. “There’s this guy who has a very bad reputation as a reporter. You see what his record is, he wrote something about me in Cuba.”
Trump continued, “No, I never did anything in Cuba. I never did a deal in Cuba.”
Hillary Clinton, Trump’s opponent, blasted the Republican nominee for the reports, stating that he was “putting his business interests ahead of the laws.”
Speaking to reporters on her plane, Clinton said Trump had “consistently misled” in his responses to questions regarding his alleged attempts at making business deals in Cuba.
“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,” Clinton said.