Does Vladimir Putin Own Donald Trump?

Does Vladimir Putin own Donald Trump? Upfront I want to say three things:

1. I don't have a problem with a US president being friends with Vlad Putin. But that is not the same as being financially entangled with him.And there is no proof as this article is written that Trump owes money to any Russian business or to the Russian government as far as I can tell.

2. I am uncomfortable with Hillary Clinton's Neocon efforts to destabilize Russia, and the Ukraine, similar to what Richard Cheney did by inflaming Georgia against Russia. Regime change can take the form of military action, NGO influence, or just plain money to the opposition. Regime change has caused chaos in the middle east, with many innocent women and children dying  and suffering hardship with no escape, except those who have become refugees due to our unfortunate policy. Regime change has been, simply put, a very bad idea.

3. I would even go so far as to say that my country, the United States of America, is more empire-like and more aggressive in world affairs than even Russia, most of the time, is because our neocons are still in charge and are, as Pat Buchanan has said, are the War Party. 

But the article in New York Magazine is disturbing as much for what we don't know about Trump as for what we know. The author, Jonathan Chait, says that:
 
Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, helped orchestrate Putin’s intervention in Ukraine. His Russia adviser Carter Page has deep ties to Russia and owns stock in Gazprom, the state-controlled firm that is a major source of the Kremlin’s financial and economic power. Michael Flynn, another Trump adviser, appears regularly on RT and refused to answer questions about whether he is paid to do so. Trump and Putin have exchanged lavish compliments.
Trump’s own financial ties to Russia are completely non-transparent and will remain so as long as he refuses to release his tax returns.
Certainly, more information about the Trump/Russia relationship is needed, but the flaws of both candidates seem to be revealed almost daily.  

The problem with being owned by Putin is that Trump could make mistakes in judgement, or he could fail to pay back loans, or he could just lose focus on the real issues. Let's hope that he reveals his returns so we can clear this up. And soon.

Trump may have increasing debt, and if that is the case he could be strapped for cash. Would a guy run for president just to heal his bottom line?

I won't even get into potential connections between Trump and the DNC email hack. The DNC is so sleazy that lots of people are for that hack. That complicates an already complicated election because I cannot imagine conservative Republicans being happy that their man, Donald Trump, could actually be an associate of Vlad Putin.

I am not a Putin hater. But I imagine many of the Republicans who support Trump are. Wait til they find out that their man could be entangled with Russia over money. We need to know if it is just 1. private investment, or 2. if it is with Russian banks or 3. with the Russian government. I would imagine that the latter two are more serious to national security, but I am not in a position to be certain about the bar Trump must clear.

The latter two are not proven yet, but it all must be investigated and we must find out the truth. Trump has to prove he is not involved with Russia financially, in a way that could compromise him, as just a denial won't cut it.

For further reading:

Five Facts About Trump and Russia

Trump Denies Having Business Dealings with Russia




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