Donald Trump has just issued the most disgusting defense of Russia and Vladimir Putin yet. Early this morning – not even a day after he was told by intelligence officials that Putin directly influenced the election in his favor – Trump tweeted his most pro-Russian message to date. He wrote:
Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Only ‘stupid’ people, or fools, would think that it is bad! We have enough problems around the world without yet another one. When I am President, Russia will respect us far more than they do now and both countries will, perhaps, work together to solve some of the many great and pressing problems and issues of the WORLD!”
With these statements following weeks of Trump coming to Russia’s defense every chance he gets, many of us are wondering just whose side Trump is on – because it certainly doesn’t seem like he cares about America. After Trump made those pro-Russian statements, former labor secretary Robert Reich took to Facebook to shed some light on Trump’s actions, and what he revealed is pretty scary.
Trump’s defense of Russia goes way beyond the fact that Putin helped him win the election. It turns out, Trump and his aides have massive financial ties to Russia, and Trump intends to be selfish and keep those relationships running smoothly, regardless of what it means for the United States. Reich wrote:
Here’s the truth. Over the years, Russian oligarchs, friends of Putin, have financed Trump’s projects and lent billions of dollars to Trump’s enterprises. In 2008, Donald Trump Jr., told a real estate conference ‘Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,’ and continued, ‘we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.’”
“The financial ties don’t end there. Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, a longtime consultant to Viktor Yanukovich, the Russian-backed president of Ukraine who was overthrown in 2014, has done multi-million-dollar business deals with Russian oligarchs. Also: Trump’s pick for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, came up through the ranks at Exxon by managing the company’s Russia account.”
Reich stated that when it comes to Trump, investigators must “Follow the money. Always follow the money.” You can read Reich’s full post below, where he sheds light on Trump’s terrifying conflicts of interest:
Trump will literally do or say anything to make sure that his self-interests continue on. He doesn’t care about the American people, and he doesn’t care about the future of this country. His presidency isn’t about leading America toward a better future – it is about lining his pockets.
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