Donald Trump really wants you to know he has no business dealings with Russia. He can’t go more than a few days without mentioning how he has nothing to do with Russia. Here’s a tweet from just two days ago:
After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my “collusion with the Russians,” nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
We expect it. We know he’s going to deny everything. Donald Trump would piss on your head and tell you it was raining. Fox News would cover it like the biggest rainstorm to hit America since… Well, since Dubya pissed “weapons of mass destruction” on our heads.
But a New York Times article on Sunday details a slew of patents Trump holds in Russia, set to expire, that were renewed on election day. According to the article, the director of Rospatent, the Russian agency equivalent to the Patent Office here in the U.S., was hand-picked by Vladimir Putin. That means Putin himself would have an inherent hand in any trademarks granted by the agency, if only by proxy. And the trademarks Trump sought to renew had sat dormant for years, which means they were subject to challenge. That challenge never came. Remember:
Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
The article goes on to state that Rospatent agreed at first to take questions about the renewals, then rescinded that invitation. Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, directed their inquiries to the Trump Organization. Which it’s beginning to feel like America could be called.
The patents held in Russia really aren’t any different than those held by the Trump Organization around the world. It’s just notable that Trump continues to insist he has no dealings in the country when he clearly has. And after the Office of Government Ethics released the financial filings of Mr. Trump, showing the millions he’s made in profit since his election, it’s hard not to look a little closer at how much of that money was made in the country he’s tried so hard to distance himself from.
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