Now we know how Trump chased after Russian mob money to build Trump Tower
Award-winning Associated Press reporter Seth Hettena, author of the new book Trump/Russia: A Definitive History, explained President Donald Trump’s decades-long ties to the Russian Mob during a Saturday appearance on MSNBC
“You have relationships with Russia — between Trump and people around him — that go back decades,” Hettena noted. “When we look at that, what we see is this isn’t a new development here, that these are relationships that go back to the 1980s even.”
“It’s about money, but it’s about Russian criminal money, specifically,” Hettena clarified. “What happened, is in the 80s there was a group of Russian criminals here in New York that were running a really lucrative gas tax scam, they had so much money they didn’t know what to do with it.”
“That was Trump’s introduction into this world of Russian criminal money,” Hettena argued. “It continued in Trump Tower, it continued in his casinos, it continued into development projects, right up until the present day.”
“What we see with Cohen, as we see with Trump, is there’s Russian criminal connections to his past,” Hettena reported. “That’s how he got into the Trump Organization, is through these connections.”
Trump picks pastor who says Jews are going to hell to dedicate new US Embassy in Jerusalem
Pastor Robert Jeffress, a Fox News contributor, megachurch Baptist preacher from Dallas, and close Trump ally and surrogate, has been chosen by the Trump administration to lead a prayer at Monday’s opening dedication celebration of the new – and highly controversial – U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. The choice of Jeffress makes this highly controversial move all the more problematic, given his views on literally every other religion, including other Christian religions, Judaism, and Islam.
Jeffress, who hosts both radio and TV shows that are broadcast in hundreds of cities in the U.S. and around the world, has a long history of delivering incendiary and bigoted remarks.
He has said Islam promotes pedophilia, and is “evil,” “violent,” and a “false” religion.
Unsurprisingly, Jeffress also preaches that “homosexuality is an abomination,” “is degrading, is a degenerative practice,” “detestable,” “unclean,” and “a perversion.” Same-sex marriages, according to Jeffress, are “counterfeit” and “cheapen the value” of different-sex marriages.
Attendees to the opening celebration of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem may also be disturbed to hear that Pastor Jeffress has said “Muhammad was nothing but a blood-thirsty warlord.”
Jeffress serves on President Donald Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board and is a member of his White House Faith Initiative.