Official transcript of the YouTube video.
Donald Trump began his initial attempt at building a Trump branded property in Moscow, NOT in 2015, but back in 2013. At the Miss USA Pageant in Las Vegas, he and members of his Organization met with the family of a Russian Oligarch. The SAME people that would eventually be tied up with another Trump Tower Meeting in June 2016.
A DECADES long dream would finally be realized- A Trump Tower in Moscow. It seemed that the proper paperwork was set to be greenlighted by the necessary Russian Officials… specifically, Vladimir Putin.
No one makes THAT amount of money in Russia without HIS SAY SO.
After the project details were agreed to in June 2013, the Trump Organization was well on its way. Mr. Trump was so excited at the prospect of a Luxury Hotel Property in Moscow, on June 18 he Tweeted: “… will (Putin) become my new best friend?”
In October 2013, Mr. Trump went on “The Late Show with David Letterman”.
(See 14:40 mark in the video)
Three weeks later, on November 8, 2013, Mr. Trump would be in Russia for the Miss Universe Pageant. This would be the first time Trump’s Beauty Pageant would be held in Russia.
He stayed only one night, at the Ritz Carlton Moscow.
Three days later, on November 11, 2013, Trump Tweets to Aras Agalarov about the tower project in Moscow:
Later that day, Aras’ son Emin Agalarov, who preformed for the crowd at the pageant, responded, showing his support for the project as well:
Even though President Putin did not attend Trump’s pageant, he wanted to convey a message to Mr. Trump. Something private. Something personal.
In the days following the Pageant, Aras Agalarov instructed his daughter Sheila, to deliver a BLACK LACQUER RUSSIAN BOX to Mr. Trump in New York, at the Headquarters of the Miss Universe Pageant.
A little black box… just big enough to hold an envelope. Delivered by the daughter of a Russian Oligarch, from the hands of Vladimir Putin HIMSELF, to Donald J. Trump…
IN NOVEMBER 2013.
I wonder where he came up with the idea that President Putin would want to be his new best friend.
Shared adversity and COMMON GOALS help strengthen relationships, and this newly found friendship of theirs would be put to the test just a few months later, when President Putin invaded Ukraine and OCCUPIED CRIMEA.
After the ousting of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich in late February 2014, Putin used the chaos and unrest that followed as COVER and moved to seize Crimea, a clear violation of the law in the eyes of the International Community.
On March 6, 2014, President Barack Obama announced the United States would be placing SANCTIONS on Russia, including travel bans and the freezing of assets in the US, Effectively ENDING the Trump Tower Moscow project.
On March 17, 2014, President Obama announced ANOTHER round of sanctions, targeting banks, businesses, arms dealers, and oligarchs. This, plus a THIRD round of sanctions on March 30, 2014, would eventually cost the Russian Government, and Putin himself, BILLIONS of dollars in lost income.
It’s around this SAME TIME that Vladimir Putin initiated the Active Measures Interference Campaign in the 2016 US Elections.
One month later, on April 30, 2014, General Michael Flynn announced his resignation as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, effective August 7, 2014.
General Flynn claims he was forced out.
As President Putin said in Helsinki in 2018, “… we should be guided by FACTS.” Witnesses. Testimony. Was there communication between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin BEFORE the 2016 US Presidential Election?
According to President Putin and EVERY member of the Trump Transition Team, there was NO DIRECT COMMUNICATION between members of the campaign and the Russian Government.
It was just TWO INDEPENDENT ACTORS, working toward the SAME GOAL- defeating Hillary Clinton.
Trump was just at the RIGHT PLACE, at the RIGHT TIME, talking with the RIGHT PEOPLE. Working to further a COMMON NARRATIVE… coincidentally.
(See 8:14 mark in the video)
“… Putin sent me a beautiful present. With a beautiful note.”
It was SO OBVIOUS, every United States Intelligence Agency KNEW what was going on… and the LEADERSHIP in Congress of BOTH PARTIES was briefed at every step of the investigation.
Any suggestion that someone from the Trump Campaign colluded with Russia is absurd… it’s not like any of them could speak their language!
(See 4:30 mark in the video)
… STAND UP for the Rule of Law.