Trump Schutzpah and Russian Gelt

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Donald Trump is a master at nurturing his ambition by making the most of his country’s freedom. He is good at circumventing the law and getting others to blame the crime When local funding dried up after repeated failures, Trump found black money readily available after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Wealthy oligarchs have drawn Trump’s attention to Putin as his next target for the expansion of the bankrupt Trump empire.

The suspicious Putin was elusive, but Trump wooed him with a Miss Universe pageant that Putin did not attend. This was followed by a proposal from Moscow Trump who was still in limbo when Trump became President of the United States. By this time, Trump’s relationship with the oligarchs was so complicated on a global scale that a two-year investigation by Special Prosecutor Mueller remained confusing an archaic US policy of not pursuing a current president.

Russia does not have such a policy. He doesn’t need it. Prosecutors are handpicked by Putin and they disappear if they cross him.

U.S. intelligence has determined that Russia participated in the election of Trump and that Putin did not care about Trump bidding. Far from there. With his new post, Trump fired U.S. intelligence and invited Russians to the Oval Office where he bragged about third-country intelligence. The American press was excluded from this meeting, but Russian media were welcome, perhaps to install listening devices in the process. When such a violation of standards became alarmed, Trump launched a campaign of terror that surely drew him to Putin.

Taking a page from the bully playbook, Trump called the legitimate media “fake news,” ignoring the fact-checking and sourcing that goes into stores before the stories are published. From another page of that same book, Trump drums is found in the sensible. Now under fire, Trump is calling for retaliation, sending top U.S. government members to foreign countries for smearing the U.S. justice system.

As the last straw that ultimately resulted in impeachment hearings, Trump withheld money from Ukraine that Congress had allocated. It was a shakedown to extract dirt from a political opponent. It came at a time when Russia had already annexed Crimea and was further encroaching on Ukraine. The money Trump withheld was intended to help Ukraine fight the Russians.

America has a scrupulous legal system. He is so careful in protecting the rights of the accused that Special Prosecutor Mueller could not charge an American who was clearly involved in misconduct.

Any collusion between Trump and Putin to manipulate Ukraine for mutual gain can be difficult to prove. However, it cannot be removed from the table. It hangs in the air and in the very real realm of possibility.

Trump has the shameless chutzpah of trying anything to get ahead of everyone by any means. From the Oval Office, he doesn’t even use his own money to send his shadow government officials around the world to smear his own government. The goal is revenge, either against the perceived current enemies, or against those of the past who crossed it. The goal is to prove the strength of his anger.

Putin apparently approves of Trump’s Oval Office mode of ruling the freedom-loving United States. He may have provided advice during impromptu closed meetings to U.S. media and overseers charged with maintaining the protocols that keep a complex U.S. system of government functioning.

With Trump in the Oval Office, the crafty Putin has a new use for him. He once shunned the selfish and transparent Trump, now he has the ultimate American dupe.

Trump wants money and he wants to stay in power to keep him coming. Putin has a lot of money with his country’s lax laws allowing the oligarchs to spread their wings across the world with the skills they learned during the Soviet occupation of half of Europe.

Together they can rule the world, they may say in their secret conversations. These, however, are only secrets to America. Putin has records. Trump doesn’t.

Perhaps Ukraine’s impeachment inquiry will prompt some brave Russians to disclose the content of these talks. The United States will then have to protect the Russian hero with their whistleblower laws.

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