The Russians hit the lotto when they courted Donald Trump. Because he hasn’t released his taxes we don’t know the extent that his businesses rely on Russian capital. His son Donald Jr. let the cat out of the bag in 2008 when he said, “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” Trump himself has indicated alternately that he “got along well” with Putin and that he “never met him.”
We knew his one-time campaign Paul Manafort had deep ties to Pro-Russian Ukrainians. He departed the Trump Campaign officially when it was reported he received $12.7 million in cash from a Russian deal he brokered. To keep from being a distraction while under FBI investigation. Manafort left the campaign, but left several of the staffers he brought along behind. Many with Russian ties as well.
We’re just beginning to hear about the extent of Russia’s manipulation of the US Presidential Election with the intention of electing their friend Donald Trump. Is he an unwitting dupe or has be been bought over time and possibly in too deep to extract himself from his Russian handlers. The words from his mouth throughout the campaign suggest he’s a willing participant. His actions since the election and his nomination of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State make him Team Putin! Tillerson’s a good friend of Russia with millions at stake if a deal with Russia for exploration of the Arctic and the Gulf of Mexico can be revived. It may well be that out entire foreign policy team has already been corrupted. The Trump camp has every reason to deny Russia’s involvement in the election despite 17 US Agencies saying it was so and a CIA/FBI briefing before the election to Congressional Leaders. Manafort is still close to Trump. The transition team is still littered with pro-Russian staff and now appointee’s close to Russia are popping up.
One might think Republicans would show a little concern about a rival nation selecting our leaders? Apparently Mitch McConnell and others have put party ahead of our National Security and decided better to share a President with Russia than face four more years out of Presidential power. The end result is a President they already have no control over. The question looming is whether it’s because he’s owned by the Russians?
Maybe Trump’s not in bed with the Russians. It could be he’s merely in bed with Neo-Nazi’s and White Nationalists so we can breathe a sigh of relief. Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions on one side and Putin on the other. Buckle up America. The ride’s just beginning.
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