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Letter: Trump’s ties to Russia are well-documented

Trump’s ties to Russia are well-documented

May 19 was a special day. There were two letters in The News about President Trump being misunderstood. The first said there is no evidence that Trump has “extensive ties to Russia.” However, the evidence of his ties to Russia is actually very extensive.

Although Trump regularly denies associations with Russia, he, his Trump Organization and his family have had financial relationships with Russians in the U.S. for decades in the form of real estate deals and transactions with Russian banks.

Eric Trump was quoted as saying, “We have all the funding we need out of Russia.” Donald Trump Jr. in 2008 was quoted as saying Russian money was “pouring in” to the Trump business.

Trump adviser Jared Kushner belatedly revealed that he met the president of a Russian state-run bank and had secret meetings with the Russian ambassador.

Three members of Trump’s campaign admitted publicly that they lied or “forgot” about their meetings with Russians: Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions and Carter Page, who was targeted for recruitment by a Russian spy.

Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort was fired because of his work with a Russian billionaire.

Trump’s new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson completed a $500 billion oil deal with Russia while CEO of Exxon.

When FBI Director James Comey was fired, Trump’s stated reasons included: “When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story.’ ”

Days later, Trump told the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador, “I just fired the head of the FBI … I felt great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

Trump then shared secret intelligence about ISIS plans with these Russians!

Charles Friedmann

Lancaster

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