Dirty Don Monday


LUXURY APPEAL: From left, the Trump Royale, the Trump Palace and the Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump downplayed his business ties with Russia. And since taking office as president, he has been even more emphatic.

“I can tell you, speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia,” President Trump said at a news conference last month. “I have no loans in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia.”

But in the United States, members of the Russian elite have invested in Trump buildings. A Reuters review has found that at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida, according to public documents, interviews and corporate records.

The buyers include politically connected businessmen, such as a former executive in a Moscow-based state-run construction firm that works on military and intelligence facilities, the founder of a St. Petersburg investment bank and the co-founder of a conglomerate with interests in banking, property and electronics.

People from the second and third tiers of Russian power have invested in the Trump buildings as well. One recently posted a photo of himself with the leader of a Russian motorcycle gang that was sanctioned by the United States for its alleged role in Moscow’s seizure of Crimea.


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16 Responses to Dirty Don Monday

  1. Den says:

    The thick plottens.


  2. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    One of our friends from work, Jeff…the guy who is Pete’s age and who came to the pot luck with his wife, came by at noon today with a turkey. Although the man that was our boss, Flip, retired, another Thorrez family member took over for Flip. He’s the one who sent the turkey to me. We knew him because of when Bob went back to work for them for a few months, what a year or two ago? I put it in the freezer. As usual, they always give their employees a frozen bird, hard to get it thawed out in time especially when Flip used to hand them out either the Tuesday, or Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I always had to buy my own bird so it would be thawed out in time.

    I don’t want to cook so we’re going out to eat instead. We were going to meet daughter-in-law’s brother at the Chinese place in Chelsea, they’re closed. So, it’s Los Tres Amigos again, but the one in Chelsea. David live in Ypsilanti next to Ann Arbor. He can jump on I-94 and Chelsea is right off of I-94. I’m sick of Mexican food now, never thought THAT day would arrive, but they have excellent Margaritas! Olé.


  3. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Caught some of the press conference with the Huckabee woman. She told the reporters to preface their questions for her with what they are thankful for. Ha! I would have been hard pressed to say anything and just ask my question. A couple of them actually did.


  4. Micki says:

    There’s only one place I’ll go for Mexican food since we moved to B’ham — TACO LOBO. Owned by a local Mexican family that knows their stuff! They make everything from scratch…and DO NOT smother with cheese. (Ick! all that cheese that so-called Mexican restaurants use for the U.S. palate!)

    I like Tex-Mex, too — but you don’t find that in the PNW. This wiki entry claims that Tex-Mex utilizes lots of cheese. Not so, in my experience.



    • David B. Benson says:

      To be picky, Mexican is a nationality while Hispanic or Latino is an ethnicity.


      • Micki says:

        Well…to be picky…I have friends born and raised in Mexico who WANT TO BE REFERRED TO AS MEXICAN, not Hispanic. So I abide by that.

        So, I don’t see your point.


      • Micki says:

        According to Pew Research:

        In a recent study, most Spanish-speakers of Spanish or Hispanic American descent do not prefer the term “Hispanic” or “Latino” when it comes to describing their identity. Instead, they prefer to be identified by their country of origin….. A majority (51%) say they most often identify themselves by their family’s country of origin, while 24% say they prefer a pan-ethnic label such as Hispanic or Latino. Among those 24% who have a preference for a pan-ethnic label, “‘Hispanic’ is preferred over ‘Latino’ by more than a two-to-one margin—33% versus 14%.”


  5. David B. Benson says:

    At the Nuevo Vallarta after a rainy day. The city crew did a good job of taking the leaves in the street, leaving only leaf mush in places. Starbucks had at least half a dozen sit down customers but no drive thrus when I went by.


  6. Den says:

    Being crazy used to be something special, now everyone is crazy. – Charles Manson


  7. Den says:

    Times Square


  8. Den says:

    Turkey road rage incident on Hwy 45 spotted by News Copter 7:


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