Despite Russia’s persistent attacks against U.S. national interests, despite Russian’s human rights violations at home and around the world, and despite Russia’s interference in the politics of our European friends and allies, President Trump and his team are directly and indirectly tied to Russia and refuse to condemn or criticize Russia.
Throughout the 2016 presidential election, President Trump not only refused to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin, but was even friendly and accommodating in his remarks. In his own words, President Trump called President Putin “highly respected.” More troubling, President Trump put the U.S. on equal moral footing with Russia when responding to Bill O’Reilly’s question about Putin being a “killer,” saying “We’ve got a lot of killers… you think our country’s so innocent?” This is absolutely false moral equivalence, and unheard of for the President of the United States to insult and demean the country he leads.
President Trump has harshly criticized NATO, and exclaimed that only the NATO allies that paid equally to the alliance deserved protection from the United States. Though these remarks were softened by British Prime Minister Theresa May, who claims that President Trump fully supports the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), it’s still unclear how supportive he will be of NATO allies like the Baltic states in light of his relationship with Russia.
President Trump has surrounded himself with people who do business with and are sympathetic to Russia. Numerous sources report factually that members of Trump’s 2016 campaign and other Trump associates had frequent contact with senior Russian intelligence officials throughout the campaign. In addition to these communications, Trump, his family and his businesses have long-standing ties to Russia, principally financial ties to Russian oligarchs who have directly or indirectly financed Trump’s businesses, in many cases keeping Trump afloat.
Below are links to articles describing the Trump-Russia connections. We will update this list as more articles are available.
Details of ties between Trump, his team and Russia.