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Before Trump bragged about his fake ‘Bay of Pigs’ award — he was desperately trying to build a hotel in Cuba

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Before President Donald Trump hated Cuba, he loved it.

As with many of Trump’s policies, he was for it before he was against it, something that Republican once mocked, but now they’re embracing it.

Taking to Twitter Sunday, Trump claimed he was given the “Bay of Pigs Award” from a Cuban-American group in Florida. In fact, the group was called the Bay of Pigs Veterans Club, and they endorsed him. There was no award. CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale explained that Trump has a history of embellishing things into awards.

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The Bay of Pigs invasion was also considered a botched CIA fiasco as the U.S. attempted to overthrow the Castro regime. Boasting about a “Bay of Pigs” award probably isn’t the best name, but, as one man said, it’s a strikingly accurate award to capture Trump’s failed leadership.

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The truth is that before Trump decided he was against Fidel Castro, he was desperate to curry favor with the Castros, overlooking the embargo. In fact, he twice violated the ban.

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As US/Cuba relations expert William M. LeoGrande recalled when Trump hired a consulting firm in 1998 to dig up some business there.

Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corp. then went to Cuba to meet with government officials and business leaders about a Trump Hotel and Casino Resort for Havana. Trump then claimed he didn’t know anything about it, but he’s also claimed he didn’t know who David Duke was, didn’t know people he was linked to and photographed with and that he had “nothing to do with” Stormy Daniels after signing a hush-money check to her.

“Because their business trip violated the embargo, Seven Arrows advised the Trump organization to disguise its payment to them as a charitable project, according to documents obtained by Newsweek,” said the report.

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Former President Barack Obama had attempted to reopen the Cuban relationship, and Trump wanted to take advantage of it.

“Between 2012 and 2015, several Trump Organization executives responsible for developing golf properties traveled to Cuba repeatedly,” reported Businessweek magazine. The report went on to say that they claimed they were going “bird-watching” and golfing in Cuba.

“In the last 12 months, many major competitors have sought opportunities in Cuba,” said Eric Trump about the trip. “While we are not sure whether Cuba represents an opportunity for us, it is important for us to understand the dynamics of the markets that our competitors are exploring.”

Read the extensive report at The Conversation.

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It's not clear where President Donald Trump's eldest daughter will live, along with her husband and fellow White House adviser Jared Kushner, but their former friends, colleagues and associates believe Ivanka Trump will try to build up her influence in the Republican Party, reported the Washington Post.

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‘Dumbest senator ever’: Morning Joe mocks Republican Ron Johnson

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Attorney General William Barr announced the Department of Justice had found no evidence of voter fraud, as President Donald Trump has claimed, and Johnson called on Barr to "show everybody" the proof that the election had not been stolen.

"The man Guinness Book of World Records has called the dumbest senator to ever be sworn in in this constitutional republic," Scarborough said. "I'm speaking, of course, of Ron Johnson, who said that William Barr must show his evidence that he has no evidence."

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