Trump’s Deep Financial Ties To Russia Inform His Allegiance To Putin

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*The following is an opinion column by R Muse*

It’s likely that little will come of Donald Trump’s call for Russia spy agencies to launch another cyber-attack on America; it’s typical of Republicans to allow foreign nations to meddle in American politics and government; see Canada and Israel. However, Canada and Israel are allies and although it is still an abomination that Republicans embraced foreign nations’ interests over those of America’s, they at least were in bed with foreign allies. Donald Trump is inciting a “non-friendly” foreign nation to interfere in American politics and its government; it is what a sane human being would label treason.

What is curious is that there has been little outrage from Republicans that he is and has been cozying up to Russia for some time now. There was hardly any Republican screaming that Trump told a German reporter, Mareike Aden, that as president he will not only accept Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory Crimea, but he will also unilaterally lift the American and international sanctions imposed on Moscow after they invaded and annexed the territory of a sovereign nation.

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Add to that, Trump’s recent comments on NATO, and how under a Trump presidency America has no reason to honor its commitment to defend member nations from invasion, and it begins looking like Trump’s allegiance to Russia rivals most Republicans’ devotion to Israel’s interests over America.  It’s little wonder, then, that many Americans are growing increasingly suspicious of Trump’s intimacy with Russia and its dictator Vladimir Putin.

Obviously Donald Trump does not want to be a Russian citizen or he would pack it in, drag his children and at least on wife and emigrate to the nation he wants desperately to be friends with. There must be something very appealing driving the Donald’s adoration of Putin, and his glaring willingness to give the Russian leader free rein to rebuild the former Soviet Union by force of invasion without interference from America or NATO.

As it turns out, the primary reason Trump is courting Vladimir Putin, pleading for more cyber-attacks on America, intimating America’s non-commitment to NATO, and not standing firm on protecting Ukraine is because of the deep financial ties between him and Russian oligarchs. It is noteworthy that Trump would certainly deny there’s a connection between promising most favored nation status to Russia if he is president over his financial ties to Russia, but he would be lying, as usual.

However, no matter what kind of mendacity Trump might employ to deny his embrace of Putin is over money, his son revealed what Russian oligarchs know as fact. According to a report in The Washington Post, Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr., spoke at a real estate conference in 2008 and said,

Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

As an aside, the issue of Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns certainly has to be over his close financial ties to Russia’s oligarchy. One highly-respected conservative pundit, George Will said:

Perhaps one more reason why we’re not seeing his tax returns – because he is deeply involved in dealing with Russian oligarchs and others. Whether that’s good, bad or indifferent, it’s probably the reasonable surmise.”

Now, there is a good reason Trump is dependent on foreign investment, much of it coming from his “deep involvement” and financial dependency on Russian oligarchs who make no move whatsoever without the expressed consent from Vladimir Putin. Donald Trump is shunned by United States banks and it is most certainly due to his predilection incompetency that has led to his company filing bankruptcy six times and stiffing lenders, suppliers and contractors alike.

Look, Donald Trump is an incredibly slimy piece of work who would sell out America just as quickly as he will sell out NATO member nations, particularly those Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has his sights set on. And it is becoming glaringly apparent that his dedication to advancing the interests of Russia are closely related to his deep financial ties.

According to The Washington Post, at the heart of Trump’s dedication to Russia, and Putin, is his close relationship with Aras Agalarov, a billionaire Russian real estate mogul and notorious Russian oligarch with very close ties to Russian leader Putin.

As if to verify those close ties, the Russian ambassador to the United States recently broke a long-standing diplomatic tradition of steering clear of any country’s domestic politics. But because of its “deep interest in the U.S. election,” particularly in a Donald Trump victory,  the ambassador attended Trump’s April foreign policy speech where he called for an end to “this horrible cycle of hostility” between the two nations.

The hostility entails, of course, America being a member of NATO and preventing Russia from invading NATO member countries, and the sanctions placed on Moscow for cyber-attacks as well as its invasion and attempted takeover of Ukraine.

According to one American ally, Georgia’s defense minister Timan Khidasheli, “Trump’s campaign rhetoric is the biggest dream of everyone in the Kremlin. It’s scary, it’s dangerous, and it’s irresponsible.” It is also very profitable for Donald Trump and it adds more questions as to why Republicans are staying mum on a presidential candidate’s treasonous calls for a foreign nation’s intelligence services to launch more cyber-attacks on America and his pledge to weaken the defense of America’s democratic allies that Putin wants under his control.