For all of those who thought Trump’s Russia-love was somehow a new phenomenon, here’s a big surprise. It’s no accident that Vladimir Putin knew exactly what was in store when Trump ran for the highest office in the land considering the latest claim by Nobel Prize-winning cardiologist Bernard Lown.
Lowns says that Trump’s first foray into government came when he sought a position working with the Russian government in 1986.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lowns described in an interview a meeting he had with Trump during the Reagan years, a time in which Trump was publicly insisting that he could negotiate a nuclear disarmament deal with Russia on behalf of the United States. At the time, Trump was nothing more than a businessman starring in the tabloids, but his arrogance had convinced him that he could do a better job than any elected official before him.
‘He already had Russia mania in 1986, 31 years ago…He said to me, “I hear you met with Gorbachev, and you had a long interview with him, and you’re a doctor, so you have a good assessment of who he is.” So I asked, “Why would you want to know?” And he responded, “I intend to call my good friend Ronnie,” meaning Reagan, “to make me a plenipotentiary ambassador for the United States with Gorbachev.” Those are the words he used. And he said he would go to Moscow and he’d sit down with Gorbachev, and then he took his thumb and he hit the desk and he said, “And within one hour the Cold War would be over!” I sat there dumbfounded. “Who is this self-inflated individual? Is he sane or what?”‘
While voters were well aware of Trump’s inflated sense of self-importance despite his lack of experience and ability to understand foreign policy, the fact that he has wanted to work with the Russian government for more than 30 years is certainly new, although not all that surprising.
After all, Trump’s campaign team certainly knew how to work with Russian government operatives.
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