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Monday, September 26, 2016

Russia huggger Donald Trump has too many Putin connections

Americans who support Donald Trump can't ignore the candidate's many nefarious ties to Russia coupled with his praise for the US antogonist and serial assassin Vladimir Putin.  Any American who supports Donald Trump must ask how they can vote for a candidate with so many ties to Russia?

Donald Trump continues to praise Vladimir Putin.

Donald Trump has delusional ideation about how he and Putin can solve the myriad of problems in the Syrian civil war and refugee tragedies.  
A child walks past a graffiti depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on the walls of a bar in the old town in Vilnius, Lithuania, May 14, 2016. (Photo by Mindaugas Kulbis/AP)
Putin hugger "Trump loves Putin" poster: Americans can't elect a leader who is engaged in a love fest with serial assassin and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, was clearly tied to supporting Russian interests in the Ukraine. In fact, a secret ledger in the Ukraine listed cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief. When Donald Trump’s presidential campaign parted ways with campaign chairman Paul Manafort, there was no real mystery surrounding the shake-up. Manafort’s connections to pro-Putin forces made his position untenable.

September 26, 2016- and on the day of the first 2016 presidential debate there is yet another questionable Russian tie to Donald Trump's campaign.

The Hill reports:
Trump aide departs amid scrutiny of Russia ties
A foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump says he is leaving the Republican nominee's presidential campaign amid reports that U.S. intelligence officials are examining his ties to Russia.

Carter Page is an investment banker who previously worked at Merrill Lynch’s Moscow branch and now has extensive business ties with Russia.
Carter Page is leaving the Trump campaign- ties to Russia

"Where there's smoke, there's fire", says Maine Writer

The foreign policy adviser at the center of the storm over accusations that the Donald Trump campaign has secret ties to the Russian government has decided to publicly fight back. He denies meeting with sanctioned Russian officials during a recent trip to Moscow. In a long interview, Carter Page also told me he is taking a leave of absence from his work with the Trump campaign due to the controversy. “All of these accusations are just complete garbage,” Page said about attacks on him by top officials in the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and unnamed intelligence officials, who have suggested that on a July trip to Moscow, Page met with “highly-sanctioned individuals” and perhaps even discussed an unholy alliance between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Last month, Reid wrote to FBI Director James B. Comey asking him to initiate an investigation into Page’s Moscow visit, where Page gave a speech at the graduation ceremony of the New Economic School. 

Without naming Page, Reid said the FBI should investigate his meetings as part of the larger look into whether the Trump campaign was conspiring with the Russian government to tamper with the U.S. presidential election.

Citing “a well-placed Western intelligence source,” Yahoo news last week reported that the U.S. government had received intelligence reports that Page met with Igor Sechin, a friend of Vladimir Putin who runs Russian oil giant Rosneft, and Igor Diveykin, a high–ranking Russian intelligence official. The article floated accusations that Page had conducted “talks about the possible lifting of economic sanctions if the Republican nominee becomes president.” Various other reports have alleged Page met with Sergei Ivanov, who until recently was the chief of Putin’s presidential administration.

“All the ones that are mentioned in the various articles, I didn’t meet with any of those guys,” Page told me in his first public comments on the accusations. “It’s completely false and inconceivable that someone would even accuse me of that.”

Page said that as part of the school’s graduation program, he did briefly meet and shake hands with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, who was also a speaker at the graduation event. That meeting was an exchange of pleasantries, he said.

In his speech and in his personal interactions, Page said he made clear that he was acting in his personal capacity and not as a member of the Trump campaign. He also said he made that clear to senior Trump campaign staff at the time, who he said approved his trip in advance with the understanding no campaign issues would be discussed. (Well, ....no campaign issues discussed at formal meetings! But what about what's said in private?)

Donald Trump has too many ties to Russia. 
Americans can't trust him and we can't elect a "Putin hugger" to be the the leader of the free world.

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