AUTHOR of The New York Times bestseller House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties, former editor-in-chief of Boston Magazine, frequent analyst for MSNBC and CNN, and contributor to The New Republic, Craig Unger has produced the investigative book, House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia, which further fuels the left's paranoia about Russian malevolence and Trump's association with the former Soviet Union.
On Nov. 9, 2016, before the Russian State Duma, Deputy Vyacheslav Nikonov of the pro-Putin Russia Party announced, "Three minutes ago Hillary Clinton admitted her defeat in [the] United States presidential election, and a second ago Donald Trump started his speech as an elected president of the United States of America. I congratulate you on this."
Essentially, Nikonov announced Russia had "targeted, compromised, and implanted" Trump as Pres. Putin's man in the White House. Without firing a shot, Russia had contrived to elect to the presidency a man who would undermine the Western Alliance, initiate trade wars with allies, agitate for anti-immigrant populism, and assault the rule of law in the U.S.
Trump, who habitually prevaricates, repeatedly has denied any existence of Russian leverage over him: "I have nothing to do with Russia--no deals, no loans, nothing!" However, Unger has documented 59 Russian and American operatives who have facilitated business between Trump and Russians, some of whom have direct ties to the Russian Mafia.
Although the exact time the KGB opened the file on Trump remains undocumented, the operation already was underway in 1978 when Trump and his first wife Ivana made a trip to her native Czechoslovakia, where they "piqued the interest of the Czech Ministry of State Security," which gathered as much information about Trump as possible.
By 1985, when Pres. Mikhail Gorbachev initiated perestroika and glasnost, Trump "became deeply infected with a severe case of Russophilia." He told a mutual contact, "Within an hour of [my] meeting Gorbachev, [he] would end the Cold War."
In a March 1986 visit, Yuri Dubinin, Soviet Ambassador to the United Nations, asked to see the owner of Trump Tower, which greatly impressed our now-president. After the meeting with Dubinin, Trump spoke of building a luxury hotel near the Kremlin in partnership with the Soviet government. Dubinin's daughter commented, "My father's visit worked on [Trump] like honey on a bee. Trump melted at once." Trump's vulnerability for anything that stoked his ego or bolstered his real estate...