The Nearly Departed
Donald Trump is desperately trying to deflect attention away from his many connections to Russia. He is currently riding a small wave of approval for his bombings in Syria and Afghanistan. He is fervently hoping that everyone will now forget all about his connections to Russia. However, he has campaign managers and even cabinet members who have direct connections to Russian oligarchs, who in turn have direct connections to Putin. This list also includes Trump’s son and son-in-law. And of course there is Donald Trump himself. He went on Russian Television (RT) in July, 2016 and encouraged Russia to invade our election process by hacking Hillary Clinton’s email. He said “I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” Why ask a foreign country to search American emails? Russia is an adversary of the U.S on the world stage. Is that treason? We now know that Russia actively worked to influence our presidential campaign in 2016.
Trump has placed all the following people in high government positions. People who will not want to conduct an honest investigation into his or their connections to Russia. Further, Trump is now considering firing James Comey, the FBI director who is conducting an investigation into Trump campaign and transition team connections to the Russian government.
These are some of Trump’s close associates:
Michael T. Flynn, who recently had to declare that he was a paid agent for Turkey last year, was selected to be Trump’s National Security Advisor. Flynn was also close to Putin, with video showing him receiving an award from Putin. He was often on RT. So before Flynn was advising Trump on foreign affairs, he was lobbying to benefit Turkey and rubbing elbows with Putin.
Paul Manafort was the campaign manager of Trump’s campaign before Kellyanne Conway was brought in to manage Trumps campaign. It was no secret that he had close ties to Russia. The AP reported that “Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to ‘greatly benefit the Putin government’. He said “that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the U.S, Europe and former Soviet republics to benefit President Vladimir Putin’s government”. How can such a man be selected to run a presidential campaign? Where are his loyalties?
Carter Page, for two decades had strong pro-Kremlin views. It was recently disclosed that he was an unwitting spy for the Russians. Page had been an investment banker in Moscow. He became Trump’s foreign policy advisor during the campaign.
Donald Trump Jr. told the Russian daily Kommersant in 2008 that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets”.
Jeff Sessions, an early and strong Trump supporter, met twice with Russian Ambassador Kislyak in 2016 and discussed relaxing U.S. sanctions against Russia. During the Republican convention the plank on Russian sanctions was removed. Sessions lied under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings that he had not met with Kisylak. He later revised his statement and finally had to recuse himself from any investigations into the Russian connection to the 2016 presidential election. He is now our Attorney General.
Wilbur Ross, Trump’s new Commerce Secretary was a Vice-Chairman of the Bank of Cyprus. This bank is known to launder money for Russian oligarchs who are connected to Putin. During his time as vice-chairman Ross managed a deal with a Russian oligarch who had close ties to Putin.
There is also Jared Kushner who joined Flynn in meetings with the Russian Ambassador in December 2016.
All these Americans have close ties to Russia and are also part of Trump’s presidency!