From Russia with Love

Some folks, and they know who they are, think Donald Trump speaks with a forked tongue even though he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

But The Prez actually speaks the truth at times.

Imagine that.

At Thursday’s raucous presser, Trump responded to a volley of questions about his ties to Russia by saying: “I can tell you, speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia. I have no loans in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia.”

That’s true.

But it’s not for a lack of trying. Trump has a long history of trying to do business in Russia, but despite many efforts and plenty of boasting and angling, he hasn’t managed to land a single major real estate deal there.

But he has partnered with Russian financiers on major projects elsewhere around the world. Russian investors have been instrumental in helping him cope with all the credit problems he has thanks to his serial bankruptcies. And a number of Trump’s former and current advisers have had financial ties to Russia.

So the question of our time is this: Does Trump’s public affection for Vladimir Putin correspond with his dependence on Russian investors?

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