Before he was even a candidate, Donald Trump had dinner with Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov, his pop-star son Emin and Emin’s publicist Rob Goldstone. The meeting, which took place in Las Vegas in 2013, was videotaped and someone has now given that video to CNN: [snip] The video, obtained by CNN in the wake of the email disclosures, offers fresh insights into the warm relationship between Trump and the Agalarovs, which has been widely reported because Aras Agalarov and Emin Agalarov inked a multi-million dollar deal with Trump to bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013. The
Comments: Sorry if this sort of posting tries the patience of some, but the only way to get at the whole truth is to read both sides, so I zigzag. And this is a zag.
The Miss Universe contest was held in Moscow in 2013. All of this - including Trump Jr’s meeting Rob Goldstone - was in conjunction with that contest. Emil whatshisname may be the son of an oligarch, but his connection with the MU contest was as an entertainer, and I believe Goldstone represented him.
Right - this is just a small piece. People here have been in denial about Trump´s close relationship with Russia and their mutual admiration society, including people close to the government. Everyone has said disingenously, "But why would Putin/Russia want Trump? They obviously wanted Hillary to win." But that´s not the case; they wanted Trump. There is plenty of evidence that Russia loves Trump and vice versa but people will only read what they want to believe.
There is a lot of denial going around. Don Jr. denied at first the real reason for the meeting with Veselnitskaya; he said it was about adoption. Likewise, there is rampant denial about the fact that Russia wanted Trump--not Hillary.
I am not saying the administration did anything illegal or that Russia influenced the election. I´m just saying (see above).
#14 – I’m not aware of anyone being in denial about Trump’s business relationships in Russia or his international popularity. You begin by equating business relationships and celebrity status (mutual admiration society) “including people close to the government” with government action itself. Mr. Trump’s peers, in any country, are going to be people who have connections to their own government. I believe it is you who are being disingenuous when you leap to the conclusion that positive feelings towards Trump by the Russian people automatically means Putin wanted Trump to win. Based upon what information do you know Putin wanted Trump to win?
You cavalierly dismiss the ample evidence of Clinton’s longstanding collusion with the Russian government and Putin “influenced” corporations and banks. Clinton would also assuredly continue to turn a blind eye to the Ukraine, Crimea, and using natural gas deliveries as blackmail against Western Europe. Then you stated, “There is plenty of evidence that Russia loves Trump and vice versa…” However popular Trump may be with the Russian people does not equate to Putin preferring The Donald, nor offers any evidence that the Russian government was involved in his favor. And yet you accuse others of reading only what they want to believe.
It appears you could give a seminar course on denial. “I am not saying the administration did anything illegal or that Russia influenced the election,” but indeed that is what you are saying as well as trying to shame others who point out your duplicity. There is no evidence of Putin’s government doing anything out of the ordinary international election meddling. Pointing out there’s no evidence is not the same as mindlessly denying something happened. Perhaps you should stop binge watching every episode of “The Smug and the Clueless.”
Kind of funny that the article right below this article states that the DOJ gave permission to let the Russian lawyer into the United States.
I firmly believe that the Trump family denied to themselves how vicious the Democrats and liberals could be. They met (like any other wealthy family) with people they had interests with and didn´t give it a thought. Unfortunately, I don´t think the Obama administration, the Clintons, even the Bushes are as innocent as they appear. None of them like Donald Trump for obvious reasons.
Poster, I am well aware of the antics that Democrats and liberals are playing. I add to it the people who do not like Trump. These very people are drooling all over themselves that they found the very thing that will sink Donald Trump. It is disgusting.
I , for one, don´t need to Google to know that OP has more than one screen name. It gets up at about half o´clock most days to scrounge the DC rags and fires the same sad salvo. I do so long for for the day when #14 lives by the four words that start that last paragraph.
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