Russian traces in the American elections

by Kseniia Mamonova

Hillary Clinton has directly accused Russian authorities of hacking into Democratic Party e-mail and called Donald Trump “a man of Putin.” President Obama has suggested that Russia may be trying to interfere in the election process.

However, as noted by the US Intelligence Community, the White House, unlike Hillary Clinton, has not officially accused Russian authorities of hacking. Charges demand hard evidence. And they are in this case linked to top-secret classified information and computer technologies.

Describing the relationship between the Republican candidate and the Russian president, the US and international media use the term “bromance.”
In response to an NBC request, Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Trump and Putin have not even spoke to each other.

A CNN/ORC poll shows that 6 out of 10 Americans view Russia as an unfriendly country and almost half believe that Russian authorities are trying to influence the US elections. Perhaps because of the negative perception of this situation, Clinton’s lead on Trump increased: 52 per cent versus 43 per cent for Trump.

Maybe Trump realised that he had crossed a line. He has become more cautious, saying that he does not have a relationship with the Russian president or any investments in Russia.
Not long after Trump made this comment, NBC noted that in an interview with MSNBC three years ago, Trump said he had contacts with Putin. “I do have a relationship, and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today. He’s probably very interested in what you and I am saying today, and I’m sure he’s going to be seeing it in some form.”

Two years ago, while speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, Trump said that he spoke to Putin both “directly and indirectly,” and the Russian leader was kind to him.

While Trump was in Moscow in November 2013, the billionaire wrote on Twitter: “Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant. If so, will he become my new best friend?”

As it is now known, Putin wanted to meet with Trump. TV channel NBC reported, citing the Russian businessman Aras Agalarov, that the Russian Press Secretary Peskov had arranged a meeting, but Trump arrived too late, and the Russian president had also changed the schedule. As a result, a meeting did not take place.

According to NBC, Agalarov’s daughter later brought Trump two gifts from Putin: a painted lacquered box and a letter.

The American billionaire’s attempts to open hotels and to build skyscrapers in Russia began in 1987 when Trump first came to Moscow. For various reasons, many of these business projects never materialised, even though a lot of Trump’s projects are funded in part through Russian businessmen’s money such as his SoHo hotels.

Clinton’s campaign Chairman John Podesta stated that Trump and Putin have a definite bromance. He is convinced that Russian hackers, Trump’s campaign, Trump and the Kremlin are all linked.

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