Why Trump Doesn’t Care That Russia Paid Bounties to Kill American Troops
I don’t understand why everyone is puzzled by Trump’s obsequiousness towards Vladimir Putin. If you know anything about Trump’s financial history, it’s obvious that Putin owns him. Trump has to do what Putin wants because if he doesn’t, Putin will have the Russian banks call Trump’s loans. Trump can’t repay those loans because they are secured by properties that are losing money.
To understand how Putin came to own Trump, you have to first understand how real estate developers fund their operations. It is a highly leveraged business. Very little of the developer’s own funds are used. Instead, banks extend them loans using the anticipated rentals or sales from the completed buildings as collateral. A good real estate developer purchases land or a building in need of renovation in a rising market at a price that will allow him to complete the project and either rent or sell space in the finished building at a profit allowing him to repay the loan.
Donald Trump is not a good real estate developer. Thanks to his poor negotiation skills and consistent inability to read the market, almost none of his projects have been profitable. He has been unable to repay most of the loans extended to him. Rather than pay in full, he makes partial payments or declares bankruptcy to get out of repaying the loans. At this point no bank in world will lend him money knowing that he will not repay it.
Enter the Russians. Love him or hate him, Putin is a brilliant leader. He consistently thinks years ahead. Trump needed money. Trump had been thinking of running for president since the 80s. It was the perfect opportunity for Putin to gain control or at least influence over US policy towards Russia. So he had Russian banks loan as much money to Trump as he needed.
Once he had him on the hook financially Putin’s next step was to encourage Trump to actually run for president. When the campaign got underway, Putin started his own campaign to influence the election and make sure that Trump won.
So it should come as no surprise that Trump grovels whenever Putin is around. That he doesn’t allow anyone to be present when he talks to Putin. That he confiscates the translators’ notes. That he advances Putin’s agenda or quashes anything that would be detrimental to Russia. Like ignoring the bounties being paid by the Russians to the Taliban to kill American soldiers. And when he was found out, Trump did what he does best and lied, claiming he was unaware of the bounties, that he had never been briefed.
He had been briefed. Repeatedly. But he ignored his briefings because he is terrified of angering Putin. Everyone is asking what Trump plans on doing about the bounty program. He won’t do anything. He will never cross Putin. Remember what he did about Russian interference in the 2016 election? Same thing. Nothing.
Some people have accused Trump of being a Russian spy. That Putin is his handler. That the secret meetings are when Trump gets his instructions from Putin. Trump is not a spy but he is compromised. Thanks to his poor business skills, he owes an unknown amount of money to Russian banks.
Want to know the real reason that Trump doesn’t want to release his income taxes? Besides not wanting anyone to know that he is not nearly as wealthy as he claims, he doesn’t want anyone to know how much money he owes to Russian banks.
Trump’s eldest son, Don Jr., bragged to the press after his father won the election that they had been financing real estate deals through the Russians. He apparently didn’t realize that owing money to the Russians is not a big deal when you are a civilian but it’s a very big deal when you are the president of the United States and Russia is the enemy.
Putin wants Trump to stick around so he can continue to have a say in US foreign policy. To regain admission to the Group of 7. To continue to undermine our alliances. To gain the upper hand in the Middle East.
What we should be most afraid of is that Putin will do whatever it takes to get Trump re-elected.
In both 2016 and now in 2020, a vote for Trump is a vote for Putin.