Well, well, well. Once a shady businessman, always a shady businessman, at least that seems to be the case for President Donald Trump.
A new report from the Democratic Coalition confirms evidence originally brought to light in the Trump-Russia dossier, pointing to a “yuuuge” oil privatization deal in which Trump Organization sold Russian oil stock to the Emirate of Qatar.
The dossier details a privatization deal that likely delivered a portion of Rosneft Oil, Russia’s state-owned oil company, to Qatar and an unidentified buyer from the Cayman Islands.
The deal has been in the making for quite some time, beginning in April of 2016 at the Mayflower Hotel when Trump delivered his first-ever foreign policy speech ahead of the 2016 presidential election. But perhaps most interestingly, the last step in the deal concluded after Trump won the election, just days prior to BuzzFeed News publishing the paramount dossier which confirmed suspicions of Trump’s ties to the Russian government.
Last April 27, at the Center for National Interest in Washington D.C., four ambassadors from Italy, Russia, Singapore, and the Philippines congregated at the Mayflower Hotel to discuss the Rosneft privatization deal.
The meeting was strategically held at the hotel in order to ensure an intimate setting where the deal could be made would be accessible, without drawing attention from the press. After all, ambassadors from Italy, Russia, Singapore, and the Philippines were at the Mayflower Hotel to attend Trump’s foreign policy address, right?
That’s what they’d like us to believe, of course.
Flash forward to this week, and the Democratic Coalition released a 40-page report that confirms many of the major allegations included in the Trump-Russia dossier released back on January 10.
In fact, it just so happens that Trump hosted a Qatari state-run business in Trump Tower for years, and get this: Qatar happened to buy a “yuuuge” stake in Rosneft’s privatization deal, according to the Democratic Coalition.
The Qatari sovereign wealth fund (QIA) is the buyer of 50 percent of the Rosneft shares. Reuters reports:
‘Although Qatar has never publicly confirmed how much it has contributed to the deal or the size of the stake that it bought, Glencore and Rosneft say it contributed 2.5 billion euros. Along with the 300 million from Glencore and the 5.2 billion loaned by Intesa [an Italian bank], that still leaves a shortfall of 2.2 billion euros.’
Unsurprisingly, Trump also has had business ties to Qatar for years, according to TIME Magazine:
‘Trump has stakes in four companies that appear to be tied in business in the desert nation. The country’s state-owned carrier, Qatar Airways, has leased an office in Manhattan’s Trump Tower since 2008. Ivanka Trump told Hotelier Middle East in 2015 that the Trump Hotel Collection was eyeing opportunities in Qatar.’
Democratic Coalition Senior Advisor Scott Dworkin spoke to a group of bipartisan Congresspeople on the findings included in the 40-page report compiled by his organization, which happen to confirm the original dossier’s assertion that Trump is involved in foreign dealings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
For more information regarding the evidence of Trump’s dealings with Russia, you can read Dworkin’s report at this link.
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