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Paul Manafort, Vladimir Putin, and Viktor Yanukovych All Walk Into a Bar…

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On July 27, 2016, during a national television broadcast Donald Trump asked Russian Intelligence Agencies to hack the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. This request was received around the world. The Republican nominee stated, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” “I think you’ll be rewarded mightily by our press!” Without doubt, Mr. Trump is petitioning Russian- state sponsored espionage of the election for the Presidency of the United States. This behavior is, or borders on the threshold of treason. Congratulations Mr. Trump, the world heard you. Colvin and Lemire of the Israeli Times wrote, “Trump… repeatedly declined to condemn the actions of Russia or any other foreign power of trying to intervene in the US election.”

Mr. Trump’s unquenchable thirst for Vladimir Putin’s admiration, as well as, his lack of knowledge about the Ukraine should trouble all voters and especially United States’ policy makers who are supporting the republican nominee. Regardless, of whether a presidential nominee is a republican, a democrat, the former Secretary of State or an American business man: It is anti-American for any nominee (or any government official) to request state-sponsored hacking of the United States of America. As more and more legitimate reasons for voters’ and policy makers’ apprehension of a Trump presidency are revealed, national security should be at the forefront of the minds of voters.


The Putin-Manafort-Trump Connection

In recent times, Mr. Trump went on national television insisting that Putin had no intentions of invading the Ukraine. The problem is that Putin had already invaded Crimea in late February 2014. And that same year, in July 2014, a Russian-made antiaircraft missile (SA-11, or Buk, surface-to-air missile launcher) fired on a commercial Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, killing 298 civilians. Perhaps, ignorance is bliss because Donald Trump’s lack of knowledge regarding the crisis in the Ukraine seems unlikely and here is why: Paul Manafort.


Identifying the Players

Who is Paul Manafort? He was Donald J. Trump’s Campaign Chairman, prior to Kellyanne Conway. He resigned in late August 2016.Paul Manafort has a significant lobbying relationship with the pro-Russian Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych. Of course, this was prior to Yanukovych’s departure to Russia to become a citizen. Yanukovych is no longer the Ukrainian leader. However and with the help of Paul Manafort,Yanukovych was able to throw the Ukrainian citizens to the wolves before joining Putin in Russia. This is who Mr. Trump chose to be his Campaign Chairman. But, back to Mr. Yanukovych’s leadership of the Ukraine, he lied to the people he represented on a grand scale.

Viktor Yanukovych’s lie: He promised the voters that under his leadership he would sign the treaty for the Ukraine to become part of the EU, European Union. This action would have resulted in a significantly more democratic life for all Ukrainians; however, in 2013, as an alternative Viktor Yanukovych tightened his relations with Russian leader, Vladimir Putin. The Ukraine withdrew from becoming part of the European Union. Viktor Yanukovych turned his back on his peoples’ hopes and dreams for freedom. Now, remember during this period of deception by the Ukrainian leader toward the citizens of the Ukraine, Paul Manafort was the lobbyist who was whispering in Viktor Yanukovych’s ear, on behalf of Vladimir Putin. Whom else’s attention does Paul Manafort (a pro-Russian lobbyist) have? He has Donald Trump’s attention. What should be even more troubling to American voters is that Donald Trump holds Vladimir Putin in the highest regard.



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Vladimir Putin, Donald J. Trump & the American Voters

Perhaps, Mr. Trump’s own actions and words speak best, making some wonder if Mr. Trump has Bromance type crush on the Russian leader. Fictitiously or just lost in translation, Donald J. Trump advertises that Putin said he was “brilliant.” However, Vladimir Putin never said Donald J. Trump was brilliant. A better translation of what Putin did say about Trump is that the Republican nominee was an ostentatious and unusual personality.

Voters should ask themselves: could Americans have been aboard that commercial Boeing 777 flying out of Amsterdam, which was shot down by a Russian-made antiaircraft missile over the Ukraine? Are American voters truly safe if Mr. Trump becomes president and his admiration for Vladimir Putin comes before the welfare of American citizens? Remember that Paul Manafort brokered the deal between Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych that left the Ukrainian people in a nearly, hopeless situation.

It is primitive behavior, at best, to invade another nation, take their resources and murder innocent passengers on a commercial airliner. Donald Trump’s misplaced admiration and lack of knowledge is a national security risk and a disgrace. Why would any prospective United States presidential candidate admire Putin? Why does Donald Trump hold Vladimir Putin in such high regard? One more thing, remember before going to vote: the Viktor Yanukovych and Paul Manafort relationship, the bond between pro-Russian lobbyist-Paul Manafort and Donald J. Trump, and what happened to the Ukrainians. If Donald Trump becomes president we are all in danger.

Paul Manafort, Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych all walk into a bar and Donald J. Trump becomes President of the United States in 2016. Is this the future American voters’ desire?

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Collinson & Diamond. (2016). Democrats accuse Trump of disloyalty over Clinton emails: CNN.

Gladstone, Schmitt &Tavernise. (2016) Jetliner Explodes Over Ukraine; Struck by Missile, Officials Say: NY Times.

Qui, Linda. (2016). Did Vladimir Putin call Trump ‘brilliant’? : Politifact.

Colvin & Lemire. (2016). Trump asks Russia to hack US, find missing Clinton emails: The Times of Israel

Goldmacher., Isenstadt. & McCaskill. (2016). Paul Manafort resigns from Trump campaign: Politico

Zelizer, Jeremy. (2016). Trump on Ukraine: The difference between a gaffe and just not knowing.

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