Max Boot writes in his latest NYT op-ed:

Mr. Trump himself is doing nothing to dispel suspicions with his hyperbolic attacks and his denials that he has business interests in Russia — when his dealings there go back decades.

So far, no evidence has surfaced of any real estate deals Trump may have done in Russia. But since Boot is discussing a dubious private intelligence report by a British ex-spy and willing to give it more credence than the CIA chief James Clapper, one amusing detail is worth pointing out: The report states rather clearly that Trump’s business ties with Russia are close or equal to zilch. In one of the dispatches, the spook claimed that Trump had declined all of the Russians’ offers; in another, that Trump had tried hard but failed miserably to enter the (presumably lucrative) real estate sector in Moscow or St. Petersburg.

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