It is becoming more and more obvious that there are political and financial ties between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s Russia, with Trump constantly proposing one policy after another which would help Russia while hurting the United States. Then there is the issue of Russian hackers releasing DNC emails the night before the Democratic National Convention. It’s now pretty obvious that Russia has been actively funding Trump’s campaign.
Trump’s son, Donald Jr., even admitted that his father Donald Trump is seeing “a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
Trump’s debt load has grown dramatically over the last year, from $350 million to $630 million. This is in just one year while his liquid assets have also decreased. Trump has been blackballed by all major US banks, meaning he needs to go overseas to get the funding he needs.
Post-bankruptcy Trump has been highly reliant on money from Russia, most of which has over the years become increasingly concentrated among oligarchs and sub-garchs close to Vladimir Putin. Here’s a good overview from The Washington Post, with one morsel for illustration:
“Since the 1980s, Trump and his family members have made numerous trips to Moscow in search of business opportunities, and they have relied on Russian investors to buy their properties around the world. “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008, according to an account posted on the website of eTurboNews, a trade publication. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
Then there’s the issue of Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager and top advisor. Manafort spent most of the last decade as top campaign and communications advisor for Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russian Ukrainian Prime Minister and then President whose ouster in 2014 led to the on-going crisis and proxy war in Ukraine. Yanukovych was and remains a close Putin ally. Manafort is running Trump’s campaign.
Are these incidents proof that Russia is funding Trump’s campaign? Well, no. This is purely circumstantial. But can you imagine if Hillary Clinton had these ties?