Perhaps you’ve been trying to cipher out why Mr. Trump appears to be so smitten with Mr. Putin. I have.
So, what’s the deal?
Writer Neil Baron of Salon turns a spotlight on a reasonable answer in his recent article.
“It has nothing to do with politics.”
"Since Trump’s nomination, 70 percent of Trump sales were to limited liability companies frequently used by Russians to hide their identity, stow cash and, most likely, violate U.S. sanctions. Hundreds of millions of dollars from unidentified sources funded Trump’s unprofitable golf courses in Ireland and Scotland. Testimony before Congress suggests they were used to launder money for the Russian mafia. Steve Bannon told Michael Wolff, in speaking of White House corruption: “This is about money laundering … the path to …Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Junior and Jared Kushner.”
"The blackmail potential in all these financial shenanigans is abundant. Implicating Trump in almost any of these schemes could expose him to charges of money laundering and bank fraud."
Money Makes the World Go Round - Liza Minnelli & Joel Gray - Cabaret - 1972