The question “Could Donald Trump really be a Russian agent?” may conjure up images from the popular series The Americans, yet the Daily Mail has written that while Trump may not actually be an agent of Putin, his own words point to a deep relationship with Putin’s Russia.
Here is a deep dive into the relationship between Trump and Russia. What does it mean that the Republican’s choice to represent the party in November has had a close relationship with the core of the former Soviet Union? Is the Republican party now a sinking ship and losing the strong party values that was led by Ronald Reagan just 30 years ago?
Let’s start with the mutual appreciation association. Never has a presidential candidate — let alone has any president — ever referred to another country’s leader with such open and unbiased flattery. Putin and Trump have exchanged such over-the-top public pleasantries that border on sappy soap opera dialogue. On Morning Joe, Trump was audibly flattered by Vladimir Putin when the former KBG agent called Trump “talented.”
“When people call you brilliant it’s always good, especially when the person heads up Russia.”
The host of the program, Joe Scarborough, gave Trump an opportunity to clarify his complimentary remark about the Russian leader. He pointed out some of Putin’s serious flaws.
“Well, also a person that kills journalists, political opponents, and invades countries. Obviously, that would be a concern, would it not?”
Trump’s response did not show any sort of concern whatsoever. Instead, he gushed out his own admiration with a very dangerous compliment. He insinuated that Putin was a far better leader than President Obama.
“He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader. You know, unlike what we have in this country.”
Then, there is the history of Donald Trump’s business relationship with Russia. During the economic meltdown of 2008, his son, Donald Trump, Jr., visited Russia six times in 18 months. At this time, Americans did what they could to help the country get out of the economic disaster. Instead of working with Americans, Trump went to Russia.
“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.”
When Trump needed to partner up in a Manhattan real estate venture, he didn’t work with an American company. Instead, he worked with a shady Russian-run company called Bayrock Group. Chairman Tevfik Arif was an old school Soviet. Back before Gorbachev took down the wall, Arif was close personal friends with Communist insiders. He had the same travel perks as any senior KGB, unlike other regular Soviet citizens.
After thoroughly researching Trump’s Russian connection, Edward Lucas has concluded that Tump’s connection to Putin is not only public compliments. The Donald’s business relationships are just one step away from doing business with Putin himself.
“Court documents revealed some curious features of Trump-style business practices: mysterious infusions of cash from Russians who were ‘in favour with’ Vladimir Putin; and the involvement of two Russians with highly questionable backgrounds, including criminal convictions and other brushes with the law.”
And then, there is Trump’s public request to have Russian hackers hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Why did he specify Russia? There are a cornucopia of hackers living all over the world. Was this a call to special friends to help him do a job?
While we are at it, WikiLeaks, whose slogan is “We open governments” has only hacked into the Democratic presidential candidate’s emails, but have not vetted Trump’s emails. Does he not have anything worthwhile to hack into? If this was an equal opportunity government hacker, then Julian Assange would surely make sure that Trump’s emails were hacked in addition to Clinton’s? Unless, of course, there is a political bias towards Trump? Could that be possible that Trump is a Russian agent?
Back during his presidency, Reagan joked about bombing Russia. Over 30 years later, Donald Trump is best friends with Russia.
Do you think that Donald Trump is a bit too friendly with Vladimir Putin and Russia? Do you think his previous business dealings would make him especially more biased towards doing business with some of the same shady characters that he worked with on his own business projects?
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