Politics Trump says 'I have nothing to do with Russia.' That's not exactly true

21:50  11 january  2017
21:50  11 january  2017 Source:   USA TODAY SPORTS

No evidence Trump campaign or RNC 'successfully hacked' - FBI director

  No evidence Trump campaign or RNC 'successfully hacked' - FBI director The FBI has no evidence that Russia successfully hacked President-elect Donald Trump's campaign or the Republican National Committee (RNC), Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Tuesday. Testifying before Congress for the first time since Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8, Comey declined to answer a question about whether the FBI was investigating the possibility of links between Trump associates and Russia.U.S.

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs. Trump says ' I have nothing to do with Russia .' That ' s not exactly true . President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday at a news conference that he had no business relations with Russia , except that " I guess I sell condos to Russians ." Trump was responding to questions on allegations that Russian agencies hacked Democratic National Committee emails.

"It has nothing to do with Russia , it has nothing to do with any country other than the United States, and his normal tax auditing processes -- so that issue will be dealt with when the audits are done ." A day earlier, Trump tweeted that Democrats are trying to push the narrative that Russia is working for Trump because they want to deflect attention away from the email hack at the Democratic National Committee, which he called "crazy." He then said he has no investments in Russia .

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President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday at a news conference that he had no business relations with Russia, except that "I guess I sell condos to Russians."

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The Pinocchio Test. Trump ’ s remarks are artfully deceiving. He says he had nothing to do with Russia , pointing only to a Florida real estate sale. It may be possible that he has no current investments in Russia , but not for lack of trying. The evidence is clear, from his own words and those of his associates, that he has been eager to business in Russia . Voting is closed on this poll. How would you rate this claim? (The check mark means you think the statement is true , not that you agree with the rating.) 20%.

NDNation.com: The popular alumni site for Notre Dame football, basketball, baseball and recruiting. NDNation is the independent voice on Notre Dame. I don't think that ' s exactly true .

Trump was responding to questions on allegations that Russian agencies hacked Democratic National Committee emails.

“What do I have to do with Russia? You know the closest I came to Russia, I bought a house a number of years ago in Palm Beach, Fla.," Trump said. "There was a man who went bankrupt and I bought the house for $40 million and I sold it to a Russian for $100 million including brokerage commissions. So I sold it. So I bought it for 40, I sold it for 100 to a Russian. That was a number of years ago."

Earlier Wednesday, Trump tweeted, "Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!"

Without access to Trump’s tax returns, it may not be possible to tell whether the president-elect has Russian assets currently. However, here is some background on his dealings with Russia.

After 2016 campaign, more Americans consider Russia a threat: Reuters/Ipsos poll

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Or perhaps he’ s merely saying that this benefits Russia and, more directly, Trump . You identify a problem where true left-wing politics are not represented in this country. Bringing up the fact that Russia is worse is really nothing more than the Fallacy of relative privation.It’ s fallacious reasoning.

Perhaps those experts are wrong. Perhaps the Obama administration is right. Maybe Russia did hack the DNC and John Podesta in an attempt to get Trump elected. But we’ve seen how faulty intelligence can lead to disastrous outcomes. The media needs to do its job. Blindly carrying water for the Obama administration isn’t it. Assange said the Russians had nothing to do with the leaks point blank. From what I ’ve read, not sure how true it is, Assange has said somewhere that it was a DNC insider that sent the emails to him. That tends to go along with what you say in your post.

Trump properties attract Russian buyers

Trump first traveled to Moscow in the 1980s, to discuss renovating hotels there. After several bankruptcies made it hard to raise money in the United States for his high-end hotel and condominium projects since the 1990s, Trump, and later his children, traveled to Moscow to talk deals and attract buyers, according to interviews with people who have worked with Trump over the years and news accounts. They show far greater commercial ties between Trump and Russia than generally known.

Real estate brokers in New York, Florida and Dubai told USA TODAY in December that Trump properties still attract high-end buyers from Russia, as well as from other countries.

Back in 2008, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. told investors in Moscow that the Trump Organization had trademarked the Donald Trump name in Russia and planned to build housing and hotels in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi, and to sell licenses to other developers, according to the Russian daily Kommersant.

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Trump's bromance with Putin

Last month, Trump praised President Vladimir Putin's surprise decision to forgo retaliation in response to sanctions imposed by President Obama on Russia. Trump said in a tweet: "Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!"

Trump has also welcomed Putin's involvement in Syria's civil war, saying U.S. forces would work with their Russian counterparts, and he indicated Syrian President Bashar Assad could remain in power. President Obama wants Assad to step down because of atrocities committed against his own people.

In regard to Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, Trump said during his campaign that he might recognize Russia's claim to Crimea, which had been part of Russia until 60 years ago, because most Crimeans seem to prefer Russian control of the province. He downplayed fears in Ukraine that Russia might send troops into its neighbor to grab more territory.

Don't forget about Miss Universe Pageant

Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov spent $20 million to hold the Miss Universe Pageant that Trump brought to Moscow in 2013. The venue was Agalarov’s Crocus City Hall on the outskirts of Moscow. During Trump’s stay in Moscow, the two became so close that Trump even took part in a music video with Agalarov’s son, Emin.

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Trump has his own share of allegations, too, one of which came out readily when he alleged that Russia must have been in the business of backing him up in his bid to become America’ s next president. I can tell you, I think if I came up with that, they’d say , ‘Oh, it’ s a conspiracy theory,’ it’ s ridiculous. I mean I have nothing to do with Russia . I don’t have any jobs in Russia . I ’m all over the world, but we’re not involved in Russia .”

Half True . Mostly False. Trump said in an interview on ABC that he personally had nothing to do with the change, but did not give a clear answer to whether or not his campaign was involved. But it’ s not clear if that ’ s the answer to a question, or just Trump filling space. Where exactly does Trump stand? In an interview with the New York Times following the Turkish coup in late July, Trump said

“Mr. Trump spent almost a week here with us,” Aras Agalarov told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper in an interview on Nov. 9, the day after Trump won the election.  “Emin had a request — if he could appear in his video. And Donald said: ‘Well, I’ll have 10 minutes, if you can do it in one take.’ And it was done in one take.”

The billionaire denied media reports that he was financing Trump, however: “I can’t finance myself, and I’m going to finance the president of the United States? We’re all in such a crisis that we don’t have time for the U.S. president. We’re thinking about how to get out of the economic situation we are in.”

Agalarov and his son told Russian media in 2013 that they were looking into other projects with Trump, potentially including a Trump Tower near Crocus City Hall, a project estimated as being worth up to $350 million. The project was put on hold when Trump ran for president.

“When Donald Trump was here in Moscow he said a lot of good things about our country, our culture, our people,” Agalarov told Komsomolskaya Pravda in 2015. “And in his interviews he says that if he becomes president of the United States he will certainly keep in mind that he has friends in Russia.”

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference Jan. 11, 2017, in New York. © Seth Wenig, AP President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference Jan. 11, 2017, in New York.

Contributing: Oren Dorell

Russia's Putin ready to meet U.S. Trump, preparations may take months - TASS .
<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet U.S. President Donald Trump but preparations for the possible meeting may take months, not weeks, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by TASS news agency.</p>Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States on Friday after winning the presidential contest against Hillary Clinton. Russia-U.S. relations were at their lowest since the Cold War under Barack Obama administration, with tensions around conflict in Ukraine and Syria crisis.

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