A new video released by the Clinton campaign raises questions about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia and Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
The Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, released the new attack ad on Sunday, and the video shows a variety of pundits and political commentators noting Trump’s unusual positions when it comes to Russia.
The video features Trump calling Putin a “strong leader,” as well as showing excerpts of him calling NATO “obsolete.”
Trump’s campaign chair, Paul Manafort, and his ties to the former pro-Russian Ukraine prime minister are also mentioned in the video.
Among the many points made by the video indicating Trump’s possible ties to Russia is the WikiLeaks revelation right before the Democratic National Convention that served to cause contention within the Democratic Party. Experts have said that the hack was the work of Russian military and intelligence agents.
The anti-Trump video then goes on to quote Trump telling Russia to investigate the “30,000 emails that are missing” from Clinton’s server, referencing the recent investigation into the secretary of state’s use of a private server.
Trump has vacillated constantly in regards to revealing any relationship he has to Putin. Before his bid for the presidency, he’s been known to brag that he and Putin had a good relationship and that the Russian president has lauded and compliment him. After beginning his campaign, however, Trump has said that he doesn’t know Putin, has never met him, and that he has no ties to Russia.
However, many analysts suspect that Donald Trump has deep financial ties to the country. The video features stalwart conservative columnist, George Will, who has suggested that Trump’s financial ties to Russia are the reason he refuses to release his tax returns.
Conservative political analyst, Charles Krauthammer, who is no fan of Donald Trump, is featured saying that the prime objection of Vladimir Putin is to destroy NATO. The video follows that comment with a clip of Trump saying:
‘NATO is obsolete and it’s extremely expensive to the United States.’
Joe Scarborough, host of the MSNBC morning news show, “Morning Joe,” is also featured in the video and quoting as saying that Trump:
‘Seems to upend American foreign policy tradition in a way that benefits Vladimir Putin.’
The video then show the headline for a Washington Post article, titled “Trump Campaign Guts GOP’s Anti-Russia Stance on Ukraine.” The Republican platform went soft on honoring our NATO treaty with Ukraine and providing the country, which has been under siege by Russia, with the means to protect itself. Donald Trump has stated that he had nothing to do with it, but a soft position on Russia is an odd position for the GOP to take.
It’s a pretty strong attack ad that raises a lot of questions about how, and why, Donald Trump seems to have ties to Russia and the Russian president. The video ends with text across the screen:
‘We don’t know what’s going on here, and Donald won’t tell us.
‘We’ll let you guess.’
Seriously, what is going on with Trump and Russia? https://t.co/N6ySNILYMx
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 6, 2016
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