UPDATE: What is the Putin/Russia Trump Connection?

trump cycleUPDATE:The events surrounding Trump and Putin are becoming more and more disturbing. The 2016 Republican Platform is one of the most extreme versions ever adopted by the party. Shockingly, Donald Trump did not object to any of the extreme points but he did have one object that was changed due to his insistence. Wording pledging weapons to Ukraine to defend off Russian aggression was removed.

Another development in the Trump Putin connection involves Trumps support for Russia’s annexation of Crimea; a small nation on Russia’s border. Crimea, now under Russian control [after being invaded by Russia] has invited Trump to Crimea. Are Trump’s business dealings related in this cozy connection between Trump and Putin? Is this cozy connection why Trump recently said he would not necessarily observe obligations with NATO nations to defend them if they were attacked [by Russia].

In conclusion: today (July 29th), Breaking news noted that the Hillary Clinton campaign was hacked by Russian intelligence. This occurred just two days after Donald Trump, the man who calls himself the “law and order candidate,” effectively said at the Wednesday press conference that he “hope[s]” that Russia did, in fact, hack and steal the deleted emails of Hillary Clinton.

— Government researchers have concluded that two Russian intelligence agencies hacked Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails. 20,000 emails were released on the eve of the Democratic Convention, some of them embarrassing Democratic leaders and triggered the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the party chairwoman.

This had lead several questions: Is Vladimir V. Putin trying to help his friend Donald Trump and damage the election chances of Hillary Clinton? Is Russia interfering in the American presidential election? Is the Trump campaign involved in the WikiLeaks release of the emails?

The emails exposed the degree to which some DNC leaders favored Hillary Clinton over her primary rival, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Researchers have concluded that the national committee was breached by the same Russian intelligence agencies which attacked the White House, the State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff last year.

Sunday morning, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, suggested the emails were leaked “by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump”. He also suggested that the Russians might have done this to support Mr. Trump: The Republican nominee indicated in an interview with The New York Times last week that he might not back NATO nations if they came under attack from Russia — unless he was first convinced that the countries had made sufficient contributions to the Atlantic alliance.

The accusation is emerging as a talking point of the Clinton campaign, as the campaign portrays Trump not only as an isolationist, but also as one who would go soft on confronting Russia if she threatens NATO nations or Nations which interest to join NATO.

Trump has recently said he would like to “get along with Russia” if he is elected, and he has repeatedly complimented Putin, saying he is more of a leader than President Obama. Putin has in turn praised Trump.

One can only ask if there are any ties between Mr. Trump, his campaign and Putin and his regime?

Many Democrats feel the email release was designed to embarrass Democrats on the eve of their Convention and further alienating Mr. Sanders’s supporters from Mrs. Clinton.

The timing of the release, between the end of the Republican convention and the beginning of the Democratic one, seems too well planned to be coincidental.

Donald Trump himself could not wait to run to the news after the WiKiLeaks release on Saturday. In a Twitter message he wrote: “Leaked emails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from WikiLeaks, really vicious. RIGGED.”

Russian intelligence agencies went to great lengths to cover their tracks, investigators found, including meticulously deleting logs, and changing the time stamps of the stolen files.

It is interesting to note that this story has another level of intrigue involving Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman. He was one of several American advisers to Viktor F. Yanukovych, the Russian-backed leader of Ukraine until he was forced out of office two years ago. Mr. Yanukovych was a key Putin ally who is now in exile in Russia.

In April, when asked about his relationship with Yanukovych, Manafort said, “he was simply trying to help the Ukrainians build a democracy that could align more closely with the United States and its allies”.

One can only wonder why Putin likes Donald Trump. What does Russia think they can gained from a Trump victory in November? Could it be related to his suggestion not to Defend NATO nations in the face of Russian aggression and invasion?

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