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Trump’s Shady Ties to Russia

A recent investigation by ABC News shed light on the extent of Trump’s business ties to Russia, raising serious question about his fitness for the Oval Office. This morning, ABC’s Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross said, “Despite what Donald Trump has said. . . his real estate fortunes have benefitted greatly from Russian investors and their millions, potentially putting a ‘get tough’ U.S. policy with Russia in direct conflict with his bottom line.” According to the report, from Trump’s beauty pageants to his buildings, Trump spent years promoting himself to Russia.

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Here’s what other prominent voices, including former acting CIA director Michael Morell and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, have said on Trump’s shady business ties:

‘Donald Trump is not a patriot,’ says former acting CIA chief Michael Morell

Washington Post // Abby Phillip

Former acting CIA director and Hillary Clinton supporter Michael Morell said Thursday that he does not believe that Donald Trump is acting with the best interest of the country in mind. . . “He cares more about himself than anything else, including his nation,” Morell said on a conference call with reporters about Trump’s ties to Russia. “The definition of a patriot is someone who puts his nation above everything else in his life. In that regard, Donald Trump is not a patriot.”

“The positions that he has taken … are positions that are 100 percent in line with his business interests,” Morell said. “The American people have a right to know what these businesses are and whether or not his policies are influenced by those business interests.” Also speaking on the call to raise the alarm about Trump’s business stakes was former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, who called Trump a “gift to Putin.”

“I am worried that Donald Trump, were he to win, would be the first president to have personal interests that could interfere with our country’s interest,” Albright said. “Putin could not have dreamed up a better candidate than Donald Trump.”

Albright: Trump’s slogan should be ‘Russia First’

The Hill // Jessie Hellmann

Speaking to reporters on a press call, Albright and former CIA deputy director Michael Morell, slammed the GOP presidential nominee for what they called a deep embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his agenda.  “Maybe Trump should make his slogan ‘Russia first,’ ” Albright said, playing off Trump’s “America First” slogan. “The president’s first and only motivation should be advancing America’s interests, not their for-profit interests,” she added, raising questions about Trump’s business ties to Russia. 

Morell made waves when he endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time in his career in August, calling Trump too dangerous.  “I truly believe that Donald Trump’s lack of experience in foreign policy and national security and his lack of interest in learning about it and his temperament, his narcissism, his thin skin … all of that said to me that this guy is not only incapable of being our commander in chief, he would actually be a danger to our national security,” Morell said Thursday.  Morell said his job at the CIA involved trying understand foreign leaders and their intentions.

“If I tuned that on Donald Trump, I would tell you that his No. 1 interest, the thing he cares about most, is not the United States of America. It is Donald Trump. He cares more about himself than he does about anything else, including his nation,” he said.

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