Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands in Hamburg, with Trump initiating the handshake.
It was emblematic of Trump's deeply held desire to embrace the Russian dictator.
If Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to be credited, Trump did put on a show of telling Putin to quit meddling in our elections. And supposedly, the two leaders talked about cooperating on cybersecurity. Yet, only twelve hours after tweeting that he and Putin might be joining together to work on cybersecurity, Trump tweeted that he doesn’t expect it actually to happen.
Which means that after all that, Trump doesn’t love Putin as much as he pretends.
His oldest son, Donald Junior, has had to admit that he, his brother-in-law Jared Kushner, and former Trumpistic campaign manager Paul Manafort met in June 2016 with young Kremlin-associated lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya right there in the heights of Trump Tower Manhattan. Veselnitskaya approached the trio claiming that she had damaging information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that would be useful for the Trump campaign.
Ever eager to portray himself as a clean-cut nonpolitical politician's son, Donald Junior, exposed twice by The New York Times, said that he listened to Veselnitskaya only from a sense of politeness and that she had nothing significant to offer, and that they then talked about the adoption issue which has been a source of conflict between the two nations.
Last week, Donald Junior told associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones that he had offered Veselnitskaya the job of Deputy Secretary of State to increase his father’s ties to Russia. And that her response was swift and to the point, saying that although the climate in Washington is unpleasant, it’s not nearly so cold as Moscow.
When Putin found out about Veselnitskaya’s comment, he immediately told his security thugs to grab her and unceremoniously take her to whatever gulag in Siberia is farthest away from Moscow. And that’s where she is now, unable to represent one of her wealthiest clients, Petr Katsyv, the VP of state-owned Russian Railways.