Russians are not the only American adversaries to support Trump’s business. The state-owned Central Bank of China has loaned Trump hundreds of millions of dollars. The New York Times has reported that American companies owned by Trump have at least $650 million in debt and the Bank of China is among the lenders. Voters need to know how much Trump and his businesses owe Chinese banks as well as Russian oligarchs.
On the campaign trail Trump has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin while hiring pro-Russian advisers to fill top campaign positions. Paul Manafort served as Trump’s campaign chairman until scrutiny over his consulting and lobbying work for Viktor Yanukovych, the Russian-backed former president of Ukraine, forced his resignation. Carter Page served as a foreign policy adviser for Trump until U.S. intelligence officials began looking into whether Mr. Page had opened a line of communication with senior Russian officials to discuss lifting economic sanctions on Russia should Trump win the presidency. These sanctions were imposed on Russia following Putin’s invasion of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. Trump’s military advisor, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, unfortunately allowed himself to be used as a validator for Russian propaganda last year when he was seated near Putin at a Moscow gala celebrating Russia Today. Russia Today TV is Putin’s propaganda machine.