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Communist Spies Kept Watch On Donald Trump In 1980s, Knew Trump Wanted To Be President, New Exposé Reveals

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Oct. 29 2018, Updated 4:34 p.m. ET

After the 1988 United States presidential election, intelligence services from behind what was then the communist “iron curtain” increased their spying on Donald Trump — a spy operation that had been going on since 1977 when he married his first wife, the former Ivana Zelníčková — believing that Trump would run for president, according to a new investigative report by the Guardian newspaper. One of the main sources for information on Trump for the spies was Trump’s own father-in-law, Miloš Zelníček.

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The StB, as the Czechoslovakian secret police were known, took a strong interest in Trump, and may have been directed by or at least in coordination with the KGB — the infamous Soviet Union spy agency, according to the Guardian report, which was prepared in cooperation with the Czech Republic weekly magazine Respekt.

“Trump was of course a very interesting person for us. He was a businessman, he had a lot of contacts, even in US politics,” retired StB official Vlastimil Daněk told the two publications.

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“We were focusing on him, we knew he was influential. We had information that he wanted to be president in future.”

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As the Inquisitr has earlier reported, Trump has claimed that as late as 2014 he “didn’t know” that he was going to run for president. In fact, however, Trump had contemplated running for president in 1988, even making exploratory visits to New Hampshire, site of the first presidential primary election, on several occasions.

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