His taxes now under audit, Donald Trump categorically denied connections with some Russian goverment officials and investors, an allegation that quickly spread out online after he publicly called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails, to some of his Republican partymates’ dismay.
Trump has his own share of allegations, too, one of which came out readily when he alleged that Russia must have been in the business of backing him up in his bid to become America’s next president.
Trump was given a chance, via an exclusive interview with CBS Miami early Wednesday, to explain his side. Whether he was able to do some house cleaning depends largely on whether he deserves to be taken seriously.
When asked about this allegation by CBS reporter Jim DeFede, who conducted the interview, Donald Trump could do nothing but to flatly deny it, saying:
“I don’t know anything about it. I can tell you, I think if I came up with that, they’d say, ‘Oh, it’s a conspiracy theory,’ it’s ridiculous. I mean I have nothing to do with Russia. I don’t have any jobs in Russia. I’m all over the world, but we’re not involved in Russia.”
Russia was dragged into the current debates between the Republicans and Democrats regarding this year’s presidential elections when Wikileaks exposed an anti-Bernie Sanders conspiracy among some Democratic partymates, as their email exchanges indicated. Russian hackers are said to be responsible for this exposé, which in turn brought the Democrats to panic.
As Aaron Blake of Washington Post suggests, Donald Trump is having a hard time debunking the allegation that he must be Russia’s choice to replace Barack Obama in Washington.
That this may have been the case was brought to light when Carter Page, one of Donald Trump’s foreign policy advisers, said during an interview with Bloomberg that the prospect of his client becoming America’s next president would translate to Russia’s advantage.
Page, as Bloomberg‘s Zachary Mider hints at, is “a globe-trotting American investment banker who’s built a career on deals with Russia and its state-run gas company.”
Page’s business has been adversely impacted by the economic sanctions placed by the US government against Russia when it seized Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014. So much so that when the business mogul turned presidential candidate appointed Page to join the ranks of his foreign policy advisers, it was to the Russians’ delight to fill his email inbox with congratulatory messages.
Page was quoted in Mider’s two-hour long interview:
So many people who I know and have worked with have been so adversely affected by the sanctions policy… There’s a lot of excitement in terms of the possibilities for creating a better situation.
Could it be the reason then why Donald has been said to be Vladimir Putin’s favorite?
This Donald Trump is inclined to deny, as his response to his recent interview with CBS Miami reveals, even insisting that he has no outstanding loan with any Russian banks or investors whatsoever.
Is that the theory? I haven’t heard that at all. I mean I haven’t heard that. But I have nothing to do with Russia, nothing to do, I never met Putin, I have nothing to do with Russia whatsoever.
Or maybe it’s Hillary Clinton that is to blame, Trump said.
“The fact is she’s the one involved with Russia because they have uranium because of her when she was Secretary of State. I mean that was a big, big deal, so they just came up with this concept, so okay.”