It sounds crazy, as though it were a plot from a best selling novel or award winning film, but it really is possible that President Donald Trump could be working for Vladimir Putin and Russia. I hope I’m wrong, and I pray that it’s just the fact that I have watched too many dramas on TV this past year, but there are signs that it could really be true.
Just yesterday, the New York Times published a story about California congressman, Dana Rohrabacher, who in 2012 was informed by the F.B.I. that Russian spies were trying to recruit him. Rohrabacher has boasted to colleagues that he once lost a drunken arm-wrestling match to Vladimir Putin in the 1990s, and he also happens to be one of Trump’s most loyal supporters.
What makes this story even more interesting, is the fact that on June 15, 2016, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made an assertion during a private conversation on Capitol Hill with other GOP leaders, saying: “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.”
Putin, a former intelligence officer in the KGB (The U.S.S.R’s spy network), has been known to use spy-like tactics to defeat his opponents. Whether it is leaving his opponents mysteriously ill or even dead, or using the internet to infiltrate other nations’ intelligence reports, you really can’t put anything past Putin — certainly not trying to infiltrate a rival country’s government from the inside out.
Given the fact that the Trump administration has so much business and so many connections with the Kremlin, it makes you seriously consider that perhaps Putin was able to lore Trump in as a pseudo-spy, maybe even without Trump realizing it.
Let’s put a hypothetical scenario together:
– Years ago (perhaps even decades), Trump finds that Russia offers him a great business opportunities.
– Trump begins working with high ranking Russian businessmen and officials to get the best deal possible on real estate, loans, etc.
– Russia realizes that Trump has major influence both directly and indirectly in America.
– Russia decides to side with one of America’s most influential businessmen, someone they know has made business decisions based on money over morale in the past.
– Trump mentions his desires to run for President, and Russia learns of these desires. They figure that there is a strong chance that Trump may one day hold some sort of political office.
– Russia decides that a Trump presidency, or even a much lower political office, would be beneficial to them given their great business relationship with him and his family.
– Russia suggest that they can do all that they can on their end to help ensure Trump makes a strong run at the presidency, if he in turn mentions Russia favorably during his campaign, and if elected, treats Russia as one of his closest allies. (This includes dropping key sanctions, which would allow Russia to expand their oil drilling and work with US companies.)
– Russia begins their campaign to sway the election.
– Trump doesn’t look at it as collusion, but rather feels as though Russia is allowed to do as they choose. If Russia believes he serves their best interests, they should be permitted to praise Trump and criticize Hillary Clinton as much as they’d like.
– Trump realizes that he’s actually holding his own in the run-up to the election and that he might actually have a chance at winning, so he asks Russia to pump up their propaganda in favor of him and in opposition to Clinton even more.
– Russia begins their full-out attack via the internet – specifically social media.
– Trump wins the election, and he immediately begins planning how he can help repay Putin for the help he provided him — still not feeling as though he colluded with Russia to undermine our democracy.
See how things could have worked? In Trump’s position, perhaps he didn’t realize he was doing anything wrong because this process may have been taking place for over a decade (perhaps even longer), and while he did collude with Russia, it wasn’t to undermine our election but rather, in his mind, it was to win an election while also helping a friend. Russia, on the other hand, used their relationship with Trump to hold him hostage to some degree. Would Trump really risk the money that he potentially has in Russia by standing up to Putin and saying, “NO, don’t help me win the election because I won’t be helping you when I do.”? Probably not.
Putin is a sneaky character and this is not out of the realm of possibility. It really is possible that Trump is being paid by Putin, either directly or indirectly. Whether it’s true or not, it’s really really not as crazy as it sounds on the surface.