Wed Jan 11, 2017, 10:17 AM
riversedge (30,804 posts)
Trump's russia interest sparked in the soviet years: Trumps russia deals and links multiply
Trumpís Russian connections
Donald Trumpís ties to Russia are back under the spotlight after the CIA concluded that Moscow had interfered in Novemberís presidential election to help the Republican candidate win
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December 13, 2016 by Michael Stott and Catherine Belton
Trump's russia interest sparked in the soviet years
The Republican candidateís links to Russia are a mix of bling, business and bluster spanning 30 years. This account in five sections traces Trump's fascination for Russia from its beginnings in Soviet times through deals done in the Putin era to Trump's appointment of a slew of Russia-connected advisers during the US presidential campaign. It concludes with outside views on Trump's long-standing Russia ties and the president-elect's own explanations.
A first contact from Moscow
In 1986 Soviet ambassador Yuri Dubinin sat next to Donald Trump at a New York lunch and they talked about Trump Tower. ďOne thing led to another, and now Iím talking about building a large luxury hotel across the street from the Kremlin in partnership with the Soviet government,Ē the tycoon recalled in his book Trump: The Art of the Deal. Trump flew to Moscow at Dubininís invitation to discuss the hotel project with the Soviet tourism agency.
No glasnost at Trump Tower
The hotel never materialised but Trump aides promised something even better: Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife, Raisa, would tour Trump Tower during a 1988 visit to New York. Trump said Gorbachev wanted to see the building because ďitís become the hottest building in New YorkĒ. But the visit didnít happen: the Gorbachevs visited other Manhattan landmarks and Trump rushed out of his tower to greet a lookalike of the Soviet leader.
Russiaís Columbus seeks the new world
Trumpís Russia connections continued under Gorbachevís successor, Boris Yeltsin. Trump attempted in 1997 to erect a giant bronze statue of Christopher Columbus donated by the Russian government at his development on the Hudson river. Taller than the Statue of Liberty, the artwork was crafted by Zurab Tsereteli, a close friend of the Moscow mayor. It ended up in Puerto Rico after several US cities refused to accept it.
Trumpís russia deals and links multiply
As financial headaches cramped Trumpís style in the US, the property tycoonís organisation stepped up efforts to win Russian business.....................
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TRUMP'S RUSSIA INTEREST SPARKED IN THE SOVIET YEARS