Trump has sought to minimize his ties to the Putin regime, although he’s spoken highly of Putin and other dictators.
The latest revelations are contained in an investigative report by ABCNews A Russian official spelled out Trump’s extensive ties to the United States’ biggest adversary.
“His real estate fortunes have benefited greatly from Russian investors and their millions, potentially putting a get tough U.S. policy with Russia in direct conflict with his bottom line,” said ABC investigative reporter Brian Ross.
Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in a recent interview he had “no relationship to Russia.”
Ross, who conducted interviews both here and abroad, discover, contrary to Trump’s assertions, that the GOP candidate has spent years courting money from Russian oligarchs and Russian mafia figures.
The head of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, Sergei Millian, who worked on Trump licensed projects, said Trump has extensive connections.
“The level of business amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars that he received as a result of interaction with Russian businessmen,” Millian said.
Trump sold the rights in Russia to the “Miss Universe” pageant to a close ally of Putin, whom the FBI has identified as a member of the Russian mafia, according to the report. He reportedly netted millions of dollars on the deal.
Wealthy Russian businessmen invested heavily in a luxury Trump condo project in Florida until U.S. sanctions imposed by President Obama cut off the flow of money.
Obama imposed the sanctions after Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine, annexed the Ukrainian Crimea and launched an incursion into Eastern Ukraine.
Trump supports Russia’s aggression and has said in a news conference he’ll be looking at lifting those sanctions.
“He likes Russia because he likes beautiful Russian ladies; he likes talking to them, of course, and he likes to make lots of money with Russian businessmen,” Millian said.
Trump has said he will turn his businesses over to his kids to run in a blind trust, if elected. But even Republican experts on government ethics say that will not be enough.
So far, Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns, which would shed some light on his investments and his sources of income. Every presidential candidate has released tax returns going back 40 years.
IM reported in August that Trump’s then-campaign chief, Paul Manafort, had pocketed more than $12 million Putin puppet Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian president.
Yanukovych was ousted in a pro-Western coup, prompting Russia to seize the Crimea and plunge the country into a civil war.
The revelation, contained in New York Times raises serious national security concerns.
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