Daily Beast: Donald Trump was relentlessly flattered by KGB operatives during a trip to Russia in 1987—and they suggested that he should go into politics with the aim of becoming U.S president, according to a former Soviet spy.
Trump, capitalist to many, was and is a 100% Marxist, dedicated to bringing down the United States, according to this high level source.
— Craig Unger (@craigunger) January 29, 2021
Yuri Shvets, who was posted to Washington by the Soviet Union in the 1980s, spoke to The Guardian to publicize American Kompromat, a new book by journalist Craig Unger, who used Shvets as a key source. Shvets told the newspaper that Trump was cultivated as a Russian asset over four decades and he recalled Soviet celebrations at Trump’s willingness to regurgitate anti-Western propaganda.
What about the KGB grooming him?https://t.co/maIvfJTNps
— Alan Rew (@alanrew) January 29, 2021
In 1987, when Trump and first wife Ivana visited Moscow and St Petersburg for the first time, Shvets said KGB operatives went on a “charm offensive,” explaining: “They played the game as if they were immensely impressed by his personality and believed this is the guy who should be the president of the United States one day.” Shvets said the KGB viewed its wooing of Trump as a “big achievement.”
From The Guardian:
Unger describes how Trump first appeared on the Russians’ radar in 1977 when he married his first wife, Ivana Zelnickova, a Czech model. Trump became the target of a spying operation overseen by Czechoslovakia’s intelligence service in cooperation with the KGB.
"The Hidden History of Trump’s First Trip to Moscow: In 1987, a young real estate developer traveled to the Soviet Union. The KGB almost certainly made the trip happen." https://t.co/7Rvjb8DqLF
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) January 29, 2021
Three years later Trump opened his first big property development, the Grand Hyatt New York hotel near Grand Central station. Trump bought 200 television sets for the hotel from Semyon Kislin, a Soviet émigré who co-owned Joy-Lud electronics on Fifth Avenue.
According to Shvets, Joy-Lud was controlled by the KGB and Kislin worked as a so-called “spotter agent” who identified Trump, a young businessman on the rise, as a potential asset. Kislin denies that he had a relationship with the KGB.
Soon after he returned to the US, Trump began exploring a run for the Republican nomination for president and even held a campaign rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
On 1 September, he took out a full-page advert in the New York Times, Washington Post and Boston Globe headlined: “There’s nothing wrong with America’s Foreign Defense Policy that a little backbone can’t cure.”
The ad offered some highly unorthodox opinions in Ronald Reagan’s cold war America, accusing ally Japan of exploiting the US and expressing scepticism about US participation in Nato. It took the form of an open letter to the American people “on why America should stop paying to defend countries that can afford to defend themselves”.
The bizarre intervention was cause for astonishment and jubilation in Russia. A few days later Shvets, who had returned home by now, was at the headquarters of the KGB’s first chief directorate in Yasenevo when he received a cable celebrating the ad as a successful “active measure” executed by a new KGB asset. read more…
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