Over the past five years there has been an incredible amount written about links between Donald Trump and Russia and how the Russian Government engaged in a successful attempt to undermine America by having Trump elected in 2016.
Much of the claim is based on circumstantial evidence, the use of social media to flood the US of A with all sorts of weird conspiracy theories during the election campaign, the abundance of fake news, the hacking of Hillary Clinton’s email server and the drip drip dripped release of information undermined the Clinton campaign and contributed to a narrow loss.
And Trump was not hiding in the background as he made this request for assistance from Russia.
Among the left there has been a spirited debate about whether Russia actually helped Trump in an attempt to undermine the US of A. Some have claimed that it is fake news as well, others including myself thought that the claim had a disturbing logic behind it.
The Guardian has this article reporting on a claim of a leaked Russian Government paper suggesting that there was a concerted effort by the Russian Government to undermine America’s democracy. From the article written by Luke Harding, Julian Borger and Dan Sabbagh:
Vladimir Putin personally authorised a secret spy agency operation to support a “mentally unstable” Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election during a closed session of Russia’s national security council, according to what are assessed to be leaked Kremlin documents.
The key meeting took place on 22 January 2016, the papers suggest, with the Russian president, his spy chiefs and senior ministers all present.
They agreed a Trump White House would help secure Moscow’s strategic objectives, among them “social turmoil” in the US and a weakening of the American president’s negotiating position.
Russia’s three spy agencies were ordered to find practical ways to support Trump, in a decree appearing to bear Putin’s signature.
The paper, presuming it is real, suggests that the Russians did not have much respect for Trump.
There is a brief psychological assessment of Trump, who is described as an “impulsive, mentally unstable and unbalanced individual who suffers from an inferiority complex”.”
And there is a hint that the pee pee tape does exist.
Trump was asked for a response and it is shall we say predictable.
This is disgusting. It’s fake news, just like RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA was fake news. It’s just the Radical Left crazies doing whatever they can to demean everybody on the right.
“It’s fiction, and nobody was tougher on Russia than me, including on the pipeline, and sanctions. At the same time we got along with Russia. Russia respected us, China respected us, Iran respected us, North Korea respected us.
“And the world was a much safer place than it is now with mentally unstable leadership.”
No doubt the veracity of this paper will be questioned just as pretty well everything else associated with Trump. But it does explain a lot. And it indicates how fragile America’s democracy is.