Putin and his Puppet – Money Ties That Bind

There are many unanswered questions about the 2016 election cycle. Perhaps the most important question is why did Putin’s puppet decide to run for President in the first place. The 45th President has yet to give a satisfactory answer to the question, just vague mutterings about America’s greatness. Additional fame and relief from the boredom of what appears to be an unfulfilling life, might have something to do with it , too. Roger Stone, the former campaign adviser and friend of the new President, has pointed to President Obama’s pubic roasting of the reality star at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ dinner, as the motivation that convinced the new President to make his run in 2016. While all of this might be true, Putin and his puppet have money ties that bind.

We all remember the seething and publicly humiliated child-man made to play the fool by President Obama joking about the so-called “birther” conspiracy, launched by the 2016 Republican candidate in waiting in April of 2011.  The birther conspiracy is now believed to be the issue that pushed the new President out in front with the alt right base, putting him ahead in the crowded 2016 Republican field of candidates.  The Russian connection appeared soon thereafter.

The dossier compiled by the former British MI6 officer, Christopher Steele, states that Putin and the Kremlin had started cultivating the Republican President to be,

For at least 5 years.”

This time frames aligns with Putin’s controversial re-election to a third term as the Russian President. A year later, with the help of the Russian and Ukrainian connected Frank Mermoud and Paul Manafort, the second of the Republican candidate to be’s 2016 campaign managers, a meeting was arranged in Moscow  with the Russian President.  That meeting was cancelled. Still, the 2016 Republican candidate has admitted to having a direct and indirect, personal relationship with Vladimir Putin, arising out of the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant held in Moscow.

Perhaps the idea of a 2016 candidacy was discussed during that 2013 trip to Moscow.  An angry Putin, had a bone to pick with the United States, President Obama, and then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, for their policies directed towards Russia. This was in close proximity to the T.V. reality star who had been humiliated by President Obama, and who had been floating the idea of running for President since 1987  and who actually did run in some Reform Party primaries in 2000.  Is this when the idea started to gradually emerge as a reality?

This new President has many business ties in Russia, starting with failed plans for luxury hotels 1987, during the time that the Soviet Union was still standing.  More real estate plans that failed were made in 1996, then another failed attempt in 2005 to build in Moscow, this latter time with the Bayrock Group and  Russian born, convicted felon, Felix Sater.

The family’s organization has developed projects at home and abroad, financing the operations with  Russian money.  The family’s Super Premium Vodka was launched at the 2007 Millionaire’s Fair in Moscow. Eldest son, Donald Jr, in 2008, referred to Moscow as the families favorite city, saying at a Manhattan conference,

“The emerging world in general attributes such brand premium to real estate that we are looking all over the place, primarily Russia.”

Despite the recent denials by the new President of any connections or deals in Russia, Donald Jr. also said at the 2008 conference that,

“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets….We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

This is not the first time an American celebrity has managed to attain high political offices in the Untied States. Ronald Reagan was a two term Governor of California before winning his first of two terms as President in 1980.  The former professional wrestler and movie star,  Jesse Ventura, won a term as Governor of Minnesota in 1998. The body builder turned movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California in a recall election in 2003, then he was elected again in 2006.

So did Russia go looking for the bored billionaire, self-proclaimed expert on just about everything, and well known reality T.V star,  who had spent his life cultivating an exaggerated public persona of success, once it came time for the loathed President Obama to leave office? This plan would have the added bonus of crippling if not defeating President Obama’s preferred replacement.  Enter Putin’s puppet.

Vladimir Putin is believed to be the wealthiest person on earth, who happens to be dependent upon keeping his power in order to hold onto that wealth. Yet, he leads the 12th largest economy in the world. There is good reason to believe that Putin’s puppet, now the leader of the largest economy on earth, is not as wealthy as he would like the rest of us to believe. The candidate who was often criticized by his Democratic opponent, was also criticized by real billionaires such as Mark Cuban as not being as rich as he claims. Fellow New Yorker, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, thought to be worth nine times more, also questioned the Republican candidate’s competence, endorsing his Democratic opponent.

The grounds for cutting a deal are easy to surmise. The deal was that Russia would subvert the United States election in order to weaken, if not defeat the candidacy of Secretary Clinton.  The return promise was to weaken the United States abroad, thus allowing Russia, the second mightiest military power on earth, to pursue their interests unchecked by the mightiest military power on earth. The catch was that the puppet needed to win, allowing both parties to this deal to pursue their multiple common business interests around the world. It seems clear that Putin and his puppet have money ties that bind.

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