Trump when asked about members of his inner circle who may have been or are too close to Russia for comfort regarding national security. The first reference relates to his National Security Adviser (later fired), Mike Flynn, who was on the dole with the Turkish Government. As you read through the NPR excerpts which follow, think about how such an individual could become a deep inner circle trump adviser. He was the tip of a sebaceous cyst which also included and even more dire (and sinister) international operative and Russian sympathizer strategically placed in Trump's inner circle. We will address Trump's brief campaign manager after reminding of a couple of Trump statements which without question sheds revealing light on his character, his judgment, and his veracity.
"I fired him because of what he said to Mike Pence," Trump said of Flynn misleading the then-vice president-elect about the true nature of Flynn's conversation with the Russian ambassador. But, he added, "Mike [Flynn] was doing his job. He was calling countries and his counterparts. So, it certainly would have been OK with me if he did it. I would have directed him to do it if I thought he wasn't doing it. I didn't direct him, but I would have directed him because that's his job."
Asked at the news conference about reports that members of the Trump staff were in contact with Russia during the campaign, Trump said, "Nobody that I know of." The source has told Carrie that authorities continue to investigate those alleged connections.
"Russia is a ruse," Trump said. "I know you have to get up and ask a question. It's so important." He reiterated, "Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia. Haven't made a phone call to Russia in years. Don't speak to people from Russia. Not that I wouldn't. I just have nobody to speak to. I spoke to Putin twice. He called me on the election. I told you this. And he called me on the inauguration, a few days ago."The AP published a piece this morning which moves us much closer to Tump's former Campaign Manager as a Russian tool (operative).
Before signing up with Donald Trump, former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to "greatly benefit the Putin Government," The Associated Press has learned. The White House attempted to brush the report aside Wednesday, but it quickly raised fresh alarms in Congress about Russian links to Trump associates.
Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and former Soviet republics to benefit President Vladimir Putin's government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse.
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