The first question you may ask yourself is….what does Deplorable Donald have to gain, personally, from a bromance with Putin, and a cozy relationship with Russia? CHA-CHING, money of course! Many, many, many rubles...an enormous amount of rubles, YOUUUGGGE bags of cash!
So, yes, it’s true that Trump has failed to land a business venture inside Russia. But the real truth is that, as major banks in America stopped lending him money following his many bankruptcies, the Trump organization was forced to seek financing from non-traditional institutions. Several had direct ties to Russian financial interests in ways that have raised eyebrows. What’s more, several of Trump’s senior advisors have business ties to Russia or its satellite politicians.
“The Trump-Russia links beneath the surface are even more extensive,” Max Boot wrote in the Los Angeles Times. “Trump has sought and received funding from Russian investors for his business ventures, especially after most American banks stopped lending to him following his multiple bankruptcies.”
Okay, so I get Deplorable Don’s never ending quest for money. But what does Putin have to gain from Deplorable Trump, besides the obvious perks of being a part of an exclusive, two dictator, mutual admiration society?
For a look inside what motivates Trumptin, or Putrump, let’s ask Carter Page! Who’s Carter Page you ask? Well, Donald Deplorable, besides himself, with his “good brain” and all, has a small group of trusted advisors. One in particular, has aroused the interest of the U.S. Intelligence crowd. His name is Carter Page. Here’s Comrade Page on his way to work…..
U.S. intelligence officials are seeking to determine whether an American businessman identified by Donald Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers has opened up private communications with senior Russian officials — including talks about the possible lifting of economic sanctions if the Republican nominee becomes president, according to multiple sources who have been briefed on the issue.
Page runs a New York consulting firm, Global Energy Capital, located coincidentally, and conveniently, just around the corner from Trump Tower! His firm specializes in oil and gas deals in….guess where? Wait for it….wait for it….Russia! One of his YOUGGEE investments is in the Russian energy giant Gazprom.
Last March, shorty after he was named by Trump as one of his advisers, Page told Bloomberg News he had been an adviser to, and investor in, Gazprom, the Russian state-owned gas company. He then blamed Obama administration sanctions — imposed as a response to the Russian annexation of Crimea — for driving down the company’s stock.
Wowinski! This is getting interesting isn’t it?
You missed this on the TV news? No, not exactly. The TV news, (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS) have been busy rummaging through Hillary Clinton’s underwear drawers. They’re too tied up reporting on her latest cough or clearing of throat to worry about Trump’s connections and nefarious dealings with a hostile dictator!
Fear not. At least we have some reporters in the print media who remember what their job is about… and a few politicians and government officials who care about the SURVIVAL OF THE FREE WORLD!:
The activities of Trump adviser Carter Page, who has extensive business interests in Russia, have been discussed with senior members of Congress during recent briefings about suspected efforts by Moscow to influence the presidential election, the sources said. After one of those briefings, Senate minority leader Harry Reid wrote FBI Director James Comey, citing reports of meetings between a Trump adviser (a reference to Page) and “high ranking sanctioned individuals” in Moscow over the summer as evidence of “significant and disturbing ties” between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin that needed to be investigated by the bureau.
The questions about Page come amid mounting concerns within the U.S. intelligence community about Russian cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee and state election databases in Arizona and Illinois. In a rare public talk this week, former undersecretary of defense for intelligence Mike Vickers said that the Russian cyberattacks constituted meddling in the U.S. election and were “beyond the pale.” Also, this week, two senior Democrats — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, ranking minority member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking minority member on the House Intelligence Committee — released a joint statement that went further then what U.S. officials had publicly said about the matter.
“Based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the U.S. election,”
Whoa! This is really serious. I wonder if that Carter Page dude has had any contact with Putin lately…like maybe visited Russia? Hmm…no mention on CNN, just more checking of “optics” of CGI, a charity that saves millions of lives around the world. A quick check of social media might yield some info….
Oopsie! Silly me! That’s not Carter Page! That’s Deplorable Donald Trump’s equally deplorable daughter Ivanka on a vacay in Croatia….with Vladimir Putin’s girlfriend… way back last month in August! Nothing to see here.
All kidding aside, Carter Page DID recently go to Russia:
Page showed up again in Moscow in early July, just two weeks before the Republican National Convention formally nominated Trump for president, and once again criticized U.S. policy. Speaking at a commencement address for the New Economic School, an institution funded in part by major Russian oligarchs close to Putin, Page asserted that “Washington and other West capitals” had impeded progress in Russia “through their often hypocritical focus on ideas such as democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change.”
At the time, Page declined to say whether he was meeting with Russian officials during his trip, according to a Reuters report.
But U.S. officials have since received intelligence reports that during that same three-day trip, Page met with Igor Sechin, a longtime Putin associate and former Russian deputy prime minister who is now the executive chairman of Rosneft, Russian’s leading oil company, a well-placed Western intelligence source tells Yahoo News. That meeting, if confirmed, is viewed as especially problematic by U.S. officials because the Treasury Department in August 2014 named Sechin to a list of Russian officials and businessmen sanctioned over Russia’s “illegitimate and unlawful actions in the Ukraine.” (The Treasury announcement described Sechin as “utterly loyal to Vladimir Putin — a key component to his current standing.” At their alleged meeting, Sechin raised the issue of the lifting of sanctions with Page, the Western intelligence source said.
Wait, Page went to Russia two weeks before the RNC? Ivanka met with Putin’s GF in Croatia a few weeks later? Didn’t the Trump campaign change only one plank on the GOP platform during that convention? Something about Russia? Or not helping Ukraine if Russia invades??? Oh, no matter, if CNN isn’t worried about it…why should we?? Of course The Deplorable campaign has “no comment” on Comrade Carter Page. Only that he “doesn’t speak for the campaign”. CNN and MSNBC aren’t worried. Well, our government is worried. At least, some were even, “taken aback”….
“It’s on our radar screen,” said the official about Page’s contacts with Russian officials. “It’s being looked at.”
I hope he’s on the radar screen…..cuz we’ll be looking at this on our screen if the media and the government don’t get serious. Will Lester Holt even ask about this at the debate Monday? He better. This.Is.Not.A.Drill.
Let me finish the title of this post…
…….Because when Trump accuses Hillary of doing something, It’s What He’s Doing.
And…..as he discusses publicly how in love he is with using “Other People’s Money. OPM,” he means it.
Shameless case in point.
Except…….you might also want to scroll down through this detailed account of exactly how many actual charitable contributions Donald J. Trump hasn’t made. Promises without follow-through do not count, Donnie. Disgraceful Blow by Blow, right here.
Taking a break to play a bit.
It turns out most of the women I admired were fictional TV characters. These are my top influencers.
Cagney and Lacey
There were many more but I figured I’d leave some for the rest of you. Who did you like?
Still an open thread.
The Commander-In-Chief Forum is an event set up by NBC to get in on the presidential debate action. The premise is Who is better qualified to serve as America’s next Commander in Chief? Like we needed a media event to figure that out. Both candidates will “field questions on national security, military affairs and veterans issues.” It should be very informative since one candidate claimed he knew more about ISIS than the generals. The audience will be real live military veterans and active service members. I think heard that they will have a chance to ask questions.
The Forum is being held at at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC, which is a ship (and is worth visiting even without any candidates). Matt Lauer is “moderating” which means he is hosting/asking questions.
The Forum begins at 8 EDT tonight on either NBC or MSNBC (and live streaming, check this VOX article for details).
Hillary is going first which means Trump can cheat by listening and learning except we already know Trump never listens and cannot learn. Of course, many people are saying that after she’s done, there’s no reason to keep watching…