Putin’s Useful Idiot?

There has never been a time in our nation’s history where our president has seemed so subservient to another world leader – at least not until Donald Trump took office. On stage at the 2018 Russia–United States summit in Helsinki Finland, Putin owned Trump as if he had just shown Komrad Agent Orange some kompromat with the understanding that he, Putin, could just as easily have shown it to the rest of the world.

On a day, at a time when Trump could have stood up for our country, could have stood up for our intelligence professionals, on stage – before the world – he chose, instead, to defend the ex-KGB officer. When asked if he believe our intelligence or Putin, Komrad Agent Orange said, “President Putin says it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be.” 

Shocked by what they were seeing and hearing, many rational-minded people thought there must have been a reason for Trump’s abandonment of America; and as time goes by, that reason is becoming more and more apparent. 

The predator goes after the weakest prey

On the world stage, Donald Trump – by his own actions – was always a weak player. In New York City – Trump’s own backyard – he was known by the business elite and the media as a ‘bull shitter’, a con man always overstating his wealth and influence – a man who spent far more time taking than giving. In time, his name and his credit was so stained in the business world that he and his family were collectively becoming  pariah in the heart of financial capital of the world.

How did he make himself so vulnerable? That’s hard to say. Whatever list of reasons we can come up with, the answer most probably is “All of the above.” Trump had abused to many business partners by making agreements and then not living up to those agreements.  He failed to pay his bills in full – often offering 70% on the dollar with a bullying exclamation of “take the 70% or take me to court”. A smart businessman would never return for that abuse. Trump had filed five – if not six – bankruptcies.  – making himself subject to manipulation by Putin and arguably other world autocratic dictators and financial vultures?

In short, this self-proclaimed faux genius burned through a fortune – not just his own but that of his father (Fred) and ran up an insurmountable debt.  Donald was on the path of converting the family name from Trump to Tramp; and in the end, to save face and attempt to rebuild his brand, Donald needed the help of some wealthy Russian oligarchs and a Soviet spy – turned dictator – to help bail him out.

Own the debt, own the debtor

According to a comment made by Don Jr.,  in 2008 at a New York real estate conference, the Trump-to-Russian relationship was pretty deep.  He said, “In terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets, say, in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo, and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.

On the world stage, Donald – by his own actions – was a weak player. In his own backyard – New York City – he was known by the business elite and the media as a bullshitter who always overstated his wealth and influence. How did he make himself so vulnerable – make himself subject to manipulation by Putin and arguably other world autocratic dictators and financial vultures?

For decades, western intelligence experts have been concerned about Donald Trump’s relationships with Russia and more recently about his overt fealty to Vladimir Putin.  In short, these intelligence experts believe Putin and Russian intelligence have looked upon Donald as a “useful idiot” for as long as they’ve been involved with him and Donald has done little – if anything – to dispel that belief.

In short, this self-proclaimed faux genius burned through a fortune – not just his own but that of his father (Fred) and ran up an insurmountable debt.  Donald was on the path of converting the family name from Trump to Tramp; and in the end, to save face and attempt to rebuild his brand, Donald needed the help of some wealthy Russian oligarchs and a Soviet spy – turned dictator – to help bail him out.

Own the debt, own the debtor

According to a comment made by Don Jr.,  in 2008 at a New York real estate conference, the Trump-to-Russian relationship was pretty deep.  He said, “In terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets, say, in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo, and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roughly four months after taking office, then-President Trump invited Russia’s Foreign Minister into the Oval Office for what was supposed to be a one-on-one private meeting.  Sergey brought a few friends including Tass press members. The American press corp was prevented from attending.

“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets”

Donald Trump, Jr.
2008

 

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