One of Donald Trump's companies reportedly violated the embargo that prevents US citizens doing business in Cuba, a media report said Thursday.
Trump Hotels spent at least 68,000 dollars on the island through a consulting firm in 1998, when it was illegal for US companies to spend any money there without government permission, Newsweek reported.
Hillary Clinton's campaign in the US presidential race was quick to denounce her opponent for the report, noting it showed him putting business interests above the national interest and then lying about it.
“Trump’s business with Cuba appears to have broken the law, flouted US foreign policy, and is in complete contradiction to Trump’s own repeated, public statements that he had been offered opportunities to invest in Cuba but passed them up," said Jake Sullivan.
Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway suggested the story was overblown because he had decided not to invest in Cuba, yet had "paid money."
A payment would have violated US law.
A US trade embargo remains in place against Cuba and prohibits most business with the island despite moves by President Barack Obama to resume diplomatic relations. Only Congress can lift the embargo, but has been reluctant to do so.