A mysterious gift from a Russian oligarch

Emin Agalarov whose family is close to Vladimir Putin is at the center of the latest controversy

This is a very interesting story:

One day after Trump’s campaign chairman and top brass sat down in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer billed as having dirt on Hillary Clinton in June 2016, Trump received a birthday present. It was from Aras Agalarov, the Azerbaijani-Russian oligarch whose son helped arrange the meeting.

The gift was an expensive painting. And Trump declared himself dazzled.

“I’m rarely at a loss for words, but right now I can only say how much I appreciate your friendship and to thank you for this fantastic gift,” Trump gushed to Agalarov in a thank-you note sent a week later. “This is one birthday that I will always remember.”

The painting and Trump’s response are among fresh details that emerged from a report released Friday by Democrats on the House intelligence committee about Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Specifically, the report suggests preparations for the June 2016 meeting were more involved than Trump’s team has admitted, and that communications between the Trump and Agalarov clans were deeper than previously thought.

Did you know buying expensive art is one popular way to launder money? Curiouser and curiouser…

2 thoughts on “A mysterious gift from a Russian oligarch

  1. One corrupt American oligarch (there are about 400 of them) and one corrupt Russian oligarch (there are about 200 of them) meet and exchange gifts. Just another day in paradise for the rich and famous.

    Here’s what worries me about Trump.

    Mike Pompeo’s first trip overseas was to Sunni Saudi Arabia and “Jewish” Israel.
    Pompeo said in Saudi Arabia that Iran “destabilizes this entire region.”

    Any fair-minded person would agree that by invading Afghanistan and Iraq, and fomenting civil wars in Syria and Yemen, the US has done more to destabilize the region over the past twenty years then another actor.

    Trump’s new policy for the Middle East seems to be to pit Christian America, “Jewish” Israel and Sunni Saudi Arabia against the Shiites.

    That should work out real well don’t you think?

  2. “This is one birthday that I will always remember.”

    The presidency! What a thoughtful gift.

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