He has admittedly issued some friendly statements about Vlad Putin and the Russians, so it's worth considering.
Many of them cite Donald J Trump Jr's 2008 comments as quoted in this Washington Post article as some sort of proof:
"Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”Personally, if that were backed up by some actual reporting that would shed light on it, I would find it much more damning. As it is, it sounds like so much of Trumpland, bluster, probably for the specific audience.
Instead of following up on the potentially most damaging piece, the Post delves into some pretty insignificant areas:
- The Miss Universe Pageant being held in Moscow in 2013, where the Post alleges he "made millions." This would seem something they could actually prove, with an actual number
- Trump's team also attempted to sell condos in a Panama project to Russians. The horror! An international project looking for international investors!
- Trump sold a Palm Beach mansion he bought at auction for $41M for a tidy $54M profit to a Russian investor. Trump bought the home at auction 4 years earlier and he sold it before the 2008 crash, so it probably had achieved maximum value. I don't know what this is evidence of. But, whatever, the Post provides no additional info or context.
- While Trump has never built a hotel in Russia, the Post is quick to inform us it's "not for lack of trying."
So, this is it.
Like so many attacks on Trump, it's flimsy and held together by very thin threads.
It's just so much, nothingness.