The KGB was very likely responsible for Donald Trump’s first visited Russia in 1987 as a young real estate developer. The Russians are known for their patience at developing their foreign assets.
Even more amazing, the Russian intelligence agency may have opened a file on Trump as early as 1977. That was the year he married his first wife, Ivana Zelnickov. She was from communist Czechoslovakia.
According to Natalia Dubinina, whose father was Ambassador Yuri Dubinina, the Russians met with Trump. She said her father was:
‘Fluent in English and a brilliant master of negotiations (charming Trump). The first thing I saw in the city is your tower!’
‘Trump melted at once. He is an emotional person, somewhat impulsive. He needs recognition. And, of course, when he gets it he likes it. My father’s visit worked on him (Trump) like honey to a bee.’
The Russians even had a form with basic information on each of their subjects. There were the basics, such as “name, profession, family situation, and material circumstances,” according to a report by POLITICO. Then came the big question:
‘Subject could come to power (occupy the post of president or prime minister)?’
They were looking someone with certain characteristics, and Trump fit the bill with, POLITICO reported:
‘Are pride, arrogance, egoism, ambition or vanity among subject’s natural characteristics?’
Trump wrote in his book The Art of the Deal:
‘In January 1987, I got a letter from Yuri Dubinin, the Soviet ambassador to the United States, that began: “It is a pleasure for me to relay some good news from Moscow. “It went on to say that the leading Soviet state agency for international tourism, Goscomintourist, had expressed interest in pursuing a joint venture to construct and manage a hotel in Moscow.”’
The president also wrote in The Art of the Deal that he:
‘Toured a half dozen potential sites for a hotel, including several near Red Square. I was impressed with the ambition of Soviet officials to make a deal.’
The Russian’s form asked for any compromising information:
‘About subject, including illegal acts in financial and commercial affairs, intrigues, speculation, bribes, graft … and exploitation of his position to enrich himself (and) any other information (to compromise the individual before) the country’s authorities and the general public.’
The Russians were quite interested in:
‘His attitude towards women is also of interest. Is he in the habit of having affairs with women on the side?”
The KGB was looking for someone to develop long-term:
‘Further improvement in operational work with agents calls for fuller and wider utilisation of confidential and special unofficial contacts. These should be acquired chiefly among prominent figures in politics and society, and important representatives of business and science…supply valuable information (and) actively influence (a country’s foreign policy) in a direction of advantage to the USSR.’
The Vladimir Putin that Trump speaks so fondly of and has embarrassed himself fawning over was the former chairman of the KGB. The Russians were looking for someone to cultivate, and the sitting president of the United States fit that bill.
The Russians did not expect him to win the 2016 presidential election, but Trump did. The question becomes, now what does Congress do? Thus far, the Republican leadership has proven that it prefers votes over integrity.
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