There are many reasons why Putin might have put so much energy into electing Donald Trump as President.
Oh sure, Putin knew Trump is a vainglorious fool who would be no match for Putin in the competition between nations.
And sure, Putin was afraid of Hillary Clinton’s toughness, brains, and experience, a far more worthy opponent than the ignorant, inexperienced, feckless Trump.
But the real reason, the big one, is money, the same reason why Trump is so obsequious when in the company of Putin. It is why Trump, after promising to reveal his tax returns, as previous Presidents had done, he invented excuses (“I’m under audit.” “The people don’t care.” ) and finally refused altogether.
Trump and his family have borrowed billions, of dollars from Putin’s Russian oligarch pals.
The Trump Organization borrowed billions of dollars to finance its real estate operations but subsequently defaulted on many of its loans.
Nevertheless, the Trumps were inexplicably able to continue borrowing millions more from the very banks still owed money.
Around the same time, Russian entities linked to the Kremlin quietly moved $10 billion dollars from global locations into the United States using the same banks.
Government inspectors independently uncovered the suspicious Russian transactions, known as “mirror trades” (stock purchases in overseas branches and identical immediate sales in the United States).
Democratic legislators have demanded banking information for identifying links; Republicans controlling Congressional committees refuse to cooperate.
If Putin’s pals demand their money back, Trump could be in serious financial trouble — maybe broke.
In 2008, Donald Jr. told investors in Moscow that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” while Eric reportedly said in 2014 that the Trump Organization was able to expand during the financial crisis because “We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.”
Trump has the slimy reputation of declaring bankruptcy every time the creditors close in, and that is the last thing Putin and his cronies want.
Trump can’t “rely” on American banks because they won’t lend to him.
Here is the gist of all conversations that may have happened, over time:
Putin: “Here’s the deal, Donald. We’ll help you to become President of the United States. You not only will become rich using the U.S. Treasury as your personal piggy bank, but we’ll let you build Trump Tower Moscow and get in on a bunch of other lucrative real estate deals here in Russia. We also will treat you to some beautiful hookers.”
Trump: “Money plus women. Sounds good to me.”
Putin: “In return, you will use the billions you’ll make to repay my friends for those loans, and never go bankrupt on us. And of course, you’ll see to it that those sanctions against Russia kind of fade away.”
Trump: “I’m in. But this has to be kept secret. I’ve done lots of sh*t in business, but being revealed as a traitor . . . on second thought hey, if the money is good and the women are beautiful . . . “
Putin: “We’ll open back channels for communication, and you and I can have meetings that no one else but interpreters attends. I’ll tell you just what to do. You can toss in a couple of stern comments and act, so it’s not too obvious that I own your butt. Just don’t release your tax returns. That would scatter the grain.”
Putin: “Spill the beans.”
Trump: “I promise I won’t go bankrupt on you. Have I ever lied?”
Putin: “You better not. Remember what happened to Alexander Litvinenko, Yuri Shchekochikhin, Viktor Yushchenko, and Anna Politkovskaya. And of course, there’s Sergei Skripal and his daughter. You do like your daughter, don’t you, Donald?”
Trump: “Of course, as I’ve said, in public and on many occasions, ‘My daughter is hot. She’s voluptuous. It’s O.K. to call her a piece of ass. If she wasn’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.’ Don’t hurt my daughter. Just tell me what you want me to do.”
Putin: “And if necessary, you will send me your former ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, so I can grill him the Russian way.”
Trump: “I’ll try.”
Putin: “And accept our annexation of Crimea.”
Trump: “Sure, why not?
Putin: “And finally, I don’t like NATO. It keeps me from getting back all those Soviet nations we used to own.
Trump: “I’ll break up NATO. It might take some time, but I’ll do it.”
Putin: “Or you will find yourself to be the innermost of a Russian matryoshka nesting doll set.”
Trump: “Yes, Vlad. May I get up, now? My knees hurt.”
And the rest is history. In total, there are many reasons why Putin would want Trump to be President, there are none favoring Clinton.
And as for Trump, the big reason is money. The man is notorious for cheating creditors, cheating employees, not giving to charity, using his charitable foundation for private use, keeping conflict-of-interest ownership and control over his properties while President, and encouraging the usage of his properties by foreign dignitaries.
Trump is all about money, money, money. He would do anything for money, including sell out his own country. And that explains everything.
Next, Mueller will explain it even better.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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