Mischievous Monday


Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort used to work for Viktor Yanukovych, ousted as Ukrainian president

A key figure at the Republican national convention where Donald Trump was nominated for president has strong business ties with Ukraine, the Guardian has learned.

The party platform, written at the convention in Cleveland last week, removed references to arming Ukraine in its fight against pro-Russia rebels, who have received material support from the Kremlin. Trump’s links to Russia are under scrutiny after a hack of Democratic national committee emails, allegedly by Russian agents.

The coordinator of the Washington diplomatic corps for the Republicans in Cleveland was Frank Mermoud, a former state department official involved in business ventures in Ukraine via Cub Energy, a Black Sea-focused oil and gas company of which he is a director. He is also on the board of the US Ukraine Business Council.

Mermoud has longstanding ties to Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who in 2010 helped pro-Russia Viktor Yanukovych refashion his image and win a presidential election in Ukraine. Manafort was brought in earlier this year to oversee the convention operations and its staffing.

Three sources at the convention also told the Guardian that they saw Philip Griffin, a long-time aide to Manafort in Kiev, working with the foreign dignitaries programme.

“After years of working in the Ukraine for Paul and others, it was surprising to run into Phil working at the convention,” one said.

The change to the platform on arming Ukraine was condemned even by some Republicans. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio described it as “deeply troubling”. Veteran party operative and lobbyist Charlie Black said the “new position in the platform doesn’t have much support from Republicans”, adding that the change “was unusual”.



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8 Responses to Mischievous Monday

  1. º¿carol says:

    Trump, Trump, Trump. Sick of Trump. Can’t wait until he’s relegated to the dust bin of history. What a disgusting human being he is, has no redeeming qualities.


  2. Den says:

    Leader of the bumpkins has a crew full of ex-Russians, why am I not surprised?


  3. º¿carol says:

    Leg still good, neck, meh. Had to take an aspirin for it about an hour ago.

    Quincy is back today, but he’s going home when Jill gets home from work, back to normal except she told me he’s spending the night with us Wednesday. That’s ok, one night is duck soup compared to one weed of nights.

    Yesterday I did some “Carolizing in the garage. I moved the shelf and other things from the wall between the people door and the first garage door and got out the white paint and painted that area. White! Now I can see when……
    ……..Lost my train of thought because the Culligan man arrived to put salt in our water softener. Then we got to talking, then I cooked for Quincy, cleaned up the sink. I left yesterday’s dishes so I had a pile, and bowls to empty from the fridge into smaller bowls, blah, blah, blah.

    Anyway, I’m back. Quincy is eating and will want a walk in a few. Will finish this post:

    The wall is 3/4 white, the two shelves Pete will put up are white I’ll be able to see my tools, etc. when I come in from the bright light. White makes ALL the difference. I think I’m going to want a 3rd shelf though. Pete will have to cut another piece, and I’ll have to paint the extra board but I’m out of the white paint.

    Quincy is done, came in here to get me. Later, gators….


  4. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Tokyo Seoul after just 39 minutes. Hardly any birds.


  5. Den says:

    Summertime is ice cream time, Sunnyside Chocolate here, yum.


  6. Den says:

    Too many beers…


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