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Russian Salad Dressing

Russian Salad Dressing

By Dennis Loo (5/14/17)

It comes as no secret that the real Sean Spicer, whose recent words actually make up this article's title, is getting hard to distinguish from Melissa McCarthy's parody of him. Hiding himself in the bushes also doesn't help Spicer with his image-obsessed boss's mind.

"Go away, Russia, and its connection to the Trumps!" Oh, how many deeds and denials Trump has done to try to make that true! So far, Donald Trump has fired three people who were investigating his and his people's ties to Russia: acting AG Sally Yates, NY Southern District AG Preet Bharara, and now FBI Director James Comey. He can't go back in time and erase what has already happened.

No matter what fulminations Trump engages in about denying his ties to Russia, no matter how many people Trump fires, sooner or later, and it's sounding sooner than later as time goes on, enough of the truth will emerge and Trump cannot remake history, try as he might. There are too many different institutions now involved, albeit a few are standing in the way. Objective truth will seal, however, his fate. In the contest between actual facts and Trump's power of "alternative facts" that we have been seeing, empirical reality is eventually going to win.

See this video and evidence from Keith Olbermann. Note at about the 50-second mark Olbermann introduces James Dodson to us. Dodson is a distinguished and award-winning golf writer and the author (with Arnie) of Arnold Palmer's autobiography. Here Olbermann shows us three segments of Dodson speaking several days ago on WBUR on a regular sports show about playing golf on a Trump course with Donald and Eric Trump three years ago. Dodson first asked Donald how he could afford to open all these courses. Donald bragged he had access to "$100 million." Dodson then played the first nine holes with Eric and asked him how could they afford all of these luxury golf courses because the sport has never recovered from the 2008 recession and banks won't touch them. Eric said this was no problem as they had "$100 million" from Russia, there are a bunch of Russians who love golf, and they go there "all the time" [for the money]. Eric is now lately calling his comments "competely fabricated."

Oh Eric: just more "fake news" yeah? Except that Dodson heard the same amount from Daddy Trump too. And anyone who knows the sport knows that on average one course shuts down everyday in the US. So where do you get the money for bucking this trend? As Time in 2016 points out, “'Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia,' Trump’s son, Donald Jr., said at a real estate conference in 2008, according to a trade publication, eTurboNews." Dodson's remarks are further underscored by that same Time article: “'The Trump-Russia links beneath the surface are even more extensive,' Max Boot wrote in the Los Angeles Times. 'Trump has sought and received funding from Russian investors for his business ventures, especially after most American banks stopped lending to him following his multiple bankruptcies.'”

Drawing the lens back even further, we know that a) the Trump empire is all over the world, including worldwide production such as Trump ties made in China, and deals involving dictators such as Erdogan, b) Trump has bragged about many of these deals, including in the last two weeks, c) major players in that business world include the Russian oligarchs who made their fortunes stealing the assets previously created by the USSR, d) Trump refused to divest and is in fact profiting more than before via his sons and son-in-law, e) Trump has not stopped being a businessman and in truth made his "outsider" status as a billionaire business mogul part of his political appeal to people who are gullible.

So what do you think? Anyone who is a business player internationally is soaked in these ties and cannot extricate themselves from them. Trump on the contrary revels in it like a pig romps and rolls in mud. Trump in earlier times boasted about his ties to Russian oligarchs: "During one trip to Moscow, Trump bragged that they all showed up to meet him to discuss projects around the globe. 'Almost all of the oligarchs were in the room' just to meet with him, Trump said at the time." (Time)

Trump has never made a secret of his deep business ties to all kinds of people worldwide. He congratulated Turkey's dictator Erdogan the day after his "referendum." He has never had a bad thing to say about Putin, in fact he heaps praise on him every chance he gets. The day after he fires Comey, he meets the Russian Ambassador and Russia's Foreign Secretary at the White House, not only getting chummy with them, lets a Russian but no Americans photograph them there, and reveals classified information to them in order to brag about the good intel he gets as POTUS. There are no real outsiders here, to politics or business. Politics and business worlds intermingle and to the extent he's "draining the swamp" he's unfamiliar with how things work in DC, showing his incompetance practically daily, and he has appointed more billionaires to his cabinet than any of his predecessors. Yep, he's draining the swamp alright!

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