Trump Reveals: Don’t Know Putin, No Deals in Russia

President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Photo courtesy: Kremlin
President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Photo courtesy: Kremlin

It is surprising to note that instead of supporting his assertions with the release of his tax returns, Trump is using a toy like Twitter to issue clarifications.

By Rakesh Raman

Irked by constant questioning about his infatuation with Russian President Vladimir Putin and business deals in Russia, the U.S. President Donald Trump finally cleared the air today.

Trump said in his usual angry tweet that ends with an exclamation mark that he does not know Putin and has no deals in Russia.

However, as he prefers to keep his tweets as ambiguous as possible, he did not reveal if he is talking about his business deals or business projects.

As Trump was also silent about the time, it is possible that he has disposed of his businesses in the past couple of months so he could issue this sudden “no deals” statement today.

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Here it is pertinent to mention that a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York states that Trump is “submerged in conflicts of interest” because of ties with countries such as China, India, and potentially Russia.

Last month, a team of ethics lawyers had filed a complaint against Trump, accusing him of accepting illegal payments for his businesses from foreign governments. The case also demands that Trump must release his tax returns.

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But it is surprising to note that instead of supporting his assertions with the release of his tax returns, Trump is using a toy like Twitter to issue clarifications, which are, in fact, alternative facts.

Despite repeated demands from Democrats as well as Republicans, Trump has refused to release his tax returns. Many believe that Trump’s tax returns can reveal about his shady business deals with Russia and other entities in different parts of the world.

As he has been offering lame excuses about the delay in releasing returns, it is largely believed that he wants to hide something that can put his presidency in jeopardy.

Meanwhile, secret information service WikiLeaks has expressed its intentions to release Trump’s tax returns.

“Trump’s breach of promise over the release of his tax returns is even more gratuitous than Hillary Clinton concealing her Goldman Sachs transcripts,” WikiLeaks said, referring to Clinton’s speeches that WikiLeaks revealed to hit her chances of winning the November election.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

Photo courtesy: Kremlin

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