There is an existing idea that Donald Trump will ally with Russia soon as he gets the presidential seat, and some believe that Vladimir Putin, in fact, has placed his money on Trump. It appears to be paying off, at least in some way. Can Russia control America and meddle with its elections while wagering on Trump?
Trump and Putin Connection
Previously, it seemed like a conspiracy theory to think that a Russian dictator is thinking of controlling America. However, that idea is no longer as far-fetched, considering the connection between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.
“But now it is 2016, truth is stranger than fiction, and we finally have a presidential candidate, Donald Trump, with direct and indirect links to a foreign dictator, Vladimir Putin, whose policies he promotes. And yet it is not secret, it is not a plot, there is no conspiracy. No one has been hypnotized or recruited by foreign intelligence,” wrote Anne Apllebaum.
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The connection between Trump and Russia has been apparent. In fact, Trump has invested into a range of things in the post-Soviet world. As Apllebaum said, some of these include: “investing with oligarchs in Russia and Azerbaijan, staging a Miss Universe contest in Moscow, angling to attract Russian money to his projects in North America.”
What is even more interesting is that Trump has gathered people with deep links to the Russian businesses. Russia is also giving back to Trump. Case in point: the hacking of material from the Democratic National Committee a few weeks ago.
More importantly, the Russian state media, social media, and even fake publications and accounts have been endorsing Trump.
Trump on Clinton’s Emails
Trump has been racking up his own set of supporters, although he may be in for more challenges if he does not keep an eye out for his statements. Just recently, he had to backtrack on his statement urging Russian intelligence to hack Clinton’s emails.
“Of course I’m being sarcastic,” Mr. Trump told “Fox and Friends” via the New York Times. Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana also defended Trump.
“He went on, using a statement laced with sarcasm, to point out that there are 33,000 missing emails, according to the F.B.I., that Hillary Clinton deleted or did not make available in the course of that investigation,” said Pence.